Tributes to student who died after A55 collision

Published date: 11 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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SCORES of tributes have been paid to a student who has died after a crash on the A55.

Duncan Monteith suffered a brain haemorrhage on his way to the University of Chester last Friday morning and his car collided into the central reservation near Northop.

He was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, but died shortly afterwards. He was 27.

On a Facebook tribute page set up in his name, his brother, Alasdair Monteith said no other individuals or cars were involved in the accident.

“The doctor who treated him in A&E believes Duncan would have died very quickly and would not have suffered in the crash,” he said.

“Without knowing too much about the haemorrhage at this stage, he also indicated it’s a condition some people are born with and it could have occurred at any time.”

He added: “The decision was taken as a family that Duncan would have wanted to donate his organs. This was carried out on Saturday night and I understand a number of individuals have already benefited.”

Last night, nearly 200 people had joined the Facebook tribute group.

Among the many tributes paid was one from Scott Watson, who said Duncan was “a credit to his family”.

Gillian Menzies described him as “a very gentle likeable person who will be missed”.

And Chris Allie Hodgson said Duncan, from Glan Conwy, would always be remembered for his cheery smile, warmth and friendliness.

Robert Shield said Duncan had been his “best man, in every sense”.

University friend Jonas Hickson said in nearly every picture of him Duncan was wearing a massive grin.

“The world has lost one of the most genuine and lovely people you’d ever meet,” he said. “Uni’ would have been darker without him.”

Lydia Vliet said: “I am so incredibly heartbroken to hear about the loss of such a wonderful person.

“I met Duncan when I was studying abroad in Lancaster in 2007 and I could not have met a nicer person to show me the beautiful sights of England. My love goes out to his friends and family.”

Sarah Ritchie, alumni and development director at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay, where Duncan was educated, described him as “a delightful young man, who was well liked by pupils and staff here.”

“Everyone at Rydal Penrhos would like to extend their sympathy to Duncan’s family and friends,” she said.

Prof Danny Moss, Chester Business Master’s programme leader and Duncan’s personal tutor, said: “Duncan Monteith was undoubtedly one of the most enthusiastic and well-liked students on the Chester Business Master’s programme which he began in September last year.

“Duncan was currently completing one of the two extended work placements that are part of the programme at the global translation company, Welocalize, based in Tarporley.

“Duncan was always a ‘glass is half full’ type of person, always looking for the positives in any situation and with a strong sense of purpose and determination to succeed.

“My colleagues and I, as well all the everyone at the university who has heard this tragic news, are shocked and find it hard to accept that we have lost such a talented and very likeable young man.”

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