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IN MEMORY: Tributes paid to man and woman killed in M1 accident near Watford

 Published on: 19th April 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

The family of a man and young woman who were killed in a collision on the M1 have paid tributes to a “brilliant dad” who lived life to the full, and “an amazing girl” with “indescribable” energy.

Fifty-five-year-old Darren Reilly and eighteen-year-old Tyler Cox were travelling along the southbound carriageway near Watford on the evening of Monday, April 1 when the car they were in left the motorway and collided with trees.

In a tribute, Darren’s two daughters said: “Our dad was a brilliant dad. In fact, the best dad who loved us with all his heart.  He would do anything for anyone in his heart and made sure he went above and beyond for his own. He lived life to the absolute max. In his 55 years, he did more than anyone else could manage in two lifetimes.

“Dad had the biggest personality, the biggest heart and when he was passionate about something, everyone knew. He was the most spontaneous man and such a loveable rogue.

“He will be missed by his friends, family and everyone that knew him. He leaves a large void in our family, a void that will never be filled.”

Darren was one of five occupants travelling in the car at the time of the collision. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Cox also sadly passed away, while another woman remains in hospital with serious injuries. Two others – a male and a female – continue to recover at home.

In a tribute, Tyler’s family said: “Tyler was a much-loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin and friend. At just 18 she possessed a rare openness that endeared her to all. She offered genuine love and compliments, regardless of familiarity.

“Tyler was a calm within chaos. Despite her typical teenage interests in TikTok and K-pop, her maturity and wisdom was undeniably beyond her years. Her giggles at what was going on around her was sometimes the only reminder of how young she was. Tyler’s humble nature and determination, combined with how perceptive she was, hinted at the heights she could reach in life.

“What an amazing girl we had. Her energy, indescribable in words, is deeply missed by all who knew her. Though her absence is felt keenly, we must find solace in the belief that Tyler now rests in eternal peace, her spirit unencumbered by earthly concerns. Until we meet again. We love you.”

The family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this sad and difficult time.

The collision took place between junctions six and five on the M1 at around 8.10pm and anyone with information that could assist the ongoing investigation can report it online at, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat at or call the non-emergency number 101 quoting Op Dolan.

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