M6 fatal lorry crash death: Widow pays moving tribute to 'gentle giant' livestock driver (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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M6 fatal lorry crash death: Widow pays moving tribute to 'gentle giant' livestock driver
9:04am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A MOVING tribute has been paid by the wife of lorry driver Trevor Kitchingman who died after a collision on the M6 on Friday.
Kath Kitchingman, of Silsden in West Yorkshire, described her 42-year-old husband as ‘a very much loved gentle giant’ who would ‘help anyone with anything’.
Mr Kitchingman died after his articulated livestock lorry, which was loaded with animals, collided with a second HGV south of Southwaite between junctions 41 and 42 of the M6.
The other driver, a 34-year-old man was uninjured.
Mrs Kitchingham said: “Trevor was snatched from me, suddenly, on Friday evening. He was due to come home to me after he had delivered his cattle that evening but he never arrived.
“Trevor was a very proud man with a massive heart. I loved him with all my heart and soul. I couldn’t love him more. I cannot believe he has been taken from this world. He had a massive, expanding heart of gold. He would help anyone with anything and nothing was too much trouble to him. He loved the outdoor life and the fresh air of the country. He was a very much loved gentle giant.
“Trevor loved working with livestock. He always said he would one day like a farm of his own.”
“The last time I spoke to Trevor was about half an hour before his accident. He was at Lockerbie Truck Stop on his break and had had his tea. I still wait for his phone call, his text, the twinkly glint in his happy smiling eyes and that cheeky smile of his. He was always happy. I long for his ‘Hello Darling’ as I answer the telephone to him but most of all the great big reassuring cuddles he gave from those strong manly arms. The feeling is surreal that I won’t ever see him, touch him, smell him, hold him or hear him again.”
Mr Kitchingman also leaves behind two children, Kristeena Mae and Karl, who he loved like his own. Kristeena’s nickname for him was ‘Yetti’ and he would call her ‘Gizmo’. Karl is affectionately known as ‘Young Trev’.
Kristeena said: “I waited a long time for my dad. He made my life special and made me feel like daddy’s girl. No-one will ever measure up to my dad and the love that he gave to me. He’s forever in my heart and I miss him so much it hurts.”
After the collision, many animals were left trapped in the trailer, which overturned. Due to the efforts by the emergency services, along with recovery agents and a local livestock haulier, many of the animals were saved. However, sadly some had to be put down at the scene due to the injuries sustained.
The road was closed overnight due to the recovery operation that had to take place.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision and appeal to any witnesses to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to PC Andy Ivison at the Roads Policing Unit.
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