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TRAGIC: Family pays tribute to coach driver killed in collision on M1 near Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 7th February 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Police are now in a position to name a man who sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M1 near Hemel Hempstead last weekend.

The incident occurred on the northbound carriageway, between Junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead and Junction 9 for Redbourn, at just before 5.25am on Sunday, January 30.

A lorry and a coach were involved.

The driver of the coach, 57-year-old Stephen Kitching, from Kendal in Cumbria, passed away at the scene.

Paying tribute to him, his sister Dawn Dixon, said: “Stephen was a lovely gentleman. Anyone who met him would leave with a smile and a sore stomach from laughing.

“He leaves behind sisters, nephews, nieces and great nieces and he will be sadly missed.”

Sergeant Simon Cooper, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts remain with Stephen’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“Our enquiries are continuing in order to establish the circumstances around what happened and we are still appealing for any witnesses who haven’t yet spoken to police to please come forward. We’re particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have captured dashcam footage of the incident, or of the vehicles travelling in the area prior to it.”

A 29-year-old woman, who was driving a car, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving above the alcohol limit. Following further enquiries, the woman is no longer under investigation for causing the collision; however, she remains under investigation for driving above the alcohol limit.

You can report information online at, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 124 of 30 January, 2022.

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