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Heartbroken family pay tribute to much-loved 20-year-old Jack Bayford

Tributes have been paid to a “loving, funny and hardworking” 20-year-old who “had his whole life in front of him”.

Jack Bayford, 20, of Elstow, near Bedford, died following a collision on the A428 at Croxton on Friday (November 17).

Jack Bayford
Jack Bayford

Jack was driving a silver Mazda MX5, which was in collision with a blue Scania HGV, which then collided with a grey Nissan Qashqai at 6.40am. Police and paramedics attended, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jack’s heartbroken family released a statement today paying tribute to a much-loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and boyfriend.

The statement said: “Our family is beyond heartbroken at the sudden loss of Jack. He was kind, loving, gentle, funny, geeky and hardworking and had his whole life in front of him. To be taken too soon and in this way feels so cruel and we are still struggling to believe it is real.

“Jack was a much-loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and boyfriend. He will forever be loved and remembered by his family and friends; especially his mum, dad, little sister and his soulmate Mady.

“Rest in peace, our beautiful boy."

The drivers of the other vehicles remained at the scene and an investigation continues.

Detective Constable Fay Millen, from the road policing unit, said: “Our thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen the collision, or any of the vehicles prior to it, to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information or dashcam footage should report it through the force website using reference: CC-17112023-0058. Anyone without internet access should call 101.

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