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Tributes paid to tragic Richie who died in A13 horror crash, lorry driver in court on death by dangerous driving charge

TRIBUTES have been paid to a student who was killed in a horror crash on the A13[1]. Foday Richard Koroma, known as Richie, died on the A1012 slip road on the London-bound A13 at about 9.30am on Thursday when his red Peugeot was hit from behind by a lorry. The 23-year-old, who lived in Basildon[2] but who was originally from Sierra Leone, was on his way to the University of Greenwich.

Friends took to social media to express their shock and dismay at the keen churchgoer’s death. Foday Tejan Koroma posted on Facebook: “A brother, a friend, former school mate, club brother at St. Francis has departed so soon, WHY OH GOD!

It’s hard to believe this shocking death of our brother. “I would like to take this time of shock to extend my condolence and sympathy to the family and friends of the bereaved. “Take heart guys as God has a purpose for any given action.

RIP brother Foday Richard Koroma.” Another pal, Sherrif Al wrote: “I cannot believe what I’m hearing my brother Richard Koroma is gone? “God I cannot ask why, I will ask you for your forgiveness and guide for my brother, I love him but you love him best.

“Rest in peace brother till we meet again, mine will come sooner or later and I hope to find you again. “No amount of words will change the situation right now, I hope this is not true brother.” Mr Koroma died despite the best efforts of an off-duty ambulance care assistant who happened to pass the scene on his way to work in Rainham.

Danny Edgeway, 32, said he could see immediately that it was a “very serious accident”. He said: “It was difficult to reach the man in the car. When I checked him there was no pulse, but he was still warm to the touch.

“There was nothing we could do for him.”

Mark Williams, 44, a HGV driver, of Tipton near Dudley, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Saturday and will appear at Basildon Crown Court on March 25.


  1. ^ A13 (www.halsteadgazette.co.uk)
  2. ^ Basildon (www.halsteadgazette.co.uk)

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