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'He was a loving son, father and brother'

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

THE parents of a 26-year-old who died in a car crash said he was deeply missed by everyone.

John and Val King said their son Mark was a "loving son, father and brother".

"He cared about all his family and loved his children," said John.

Val added: "He was not an angel but, as his sister would put it, he was awesome. He was our Mark."

Val said she and John were hoping they would have been able to make the A3079, that Mark was travelling on, a bit safer.

"Someone else died on that bit of road about five or six years ago," she said. "We will keep trying to make it safe."

Coroner Elizabeth Earland had written to Devon County Council's highway department asking if crash barriers could be put along the section where Mark crashed, as requested by his parents.

David Whitton, head of highways, responded by saying there had only been one collision on that stretch of road in a five-year period between 2008 and 2012.

"The outcome of an assessment is that the site has a low risk and would not support the installation of a roadside restraint system."

Val said even a warning sign at the site would be better than nothing. "All we can hope is that people do drive with care," she added.

John and Val said if anyone would like to make a donation in Mark's name they should do so to the Devon Air Ambulance.