Tributes to victim of tragic coach accident

Flowers at scene of fatal accident in Royal Parade on July 19th This picture taken July 23rd 2012 E30037N
Flowers at scene of fatal accident in Royal Parade on July 19th This picture taken July 23rd 2012 E30037N

FLORAL tributes have been left at the spot on Eastbourne seafront where a popular father-of- three was killed last week.

Forty-three-year-old Daniel Haffenden died when the coach he was working under collapsed on top of him on Thursday morning.

Mr Haffenden ran DK Truck Tyres from the home he shared with his wife Kerry in Cavendish Avenue and had been working on a Shearings Holidays coach outside the Majestic Hotel when the tragedy unfolded shortly after 10.30am.

As Health and Safety officials and police officers began a lengthy investigation, tributes were left on social media sites and floral tributes have been laid on the roadside in Marine Parade.

Among them is a bouquet from staff at the Majestic Hotel as well as three from Mr Haffenden’s sons.

Tommy Haffenden wrote, “To the best Dad ever, I will always love you forever” and his brother Joe wrote, “A truly amazing and inspirational person that I could always turn to for support, You can’t even measure the hole that you have left here.”

Karen, Kev, Callum and Danica left a tribute saying, “Our dear friend Dan. Why?”. Another, from Paul, Karen, Lauren and Marie said, “You will always be remembered.”

Tributes were also left on the Gazette and Herald website. Paying tribute to the former Cavendish School pupil, Mandy and Paul Sivyer, said, “Great man, great smile great family, our thoughts go out to Kerry and the boys.” Another message from Pat, Steve and everyone at Hailsham Plant, read, “So very unfair when a good hard working man is taken. It was a pleasure to have known him.”

Trevor75 added, “R.I.P Danny – your smile will never be forgotten” and Brian and Jenny Hyde wrote, “Our thoughts to you Kerry and the children for the loss of a good hard working man. We passed the scene today, not once thinking that it would be anybody that we knew.”

Holidaymakers staying at the Majestic Hotel had been due to travel on the ill-fated coach for a day out in Tenterden but it is believed to have had a punctured tyre and a replacement vehicle was brought in.

Mr Haffenden began working under the coach which was stationary when the accident happened. Emergency services rushed to the scene along with the Sussex Air Ambulance but Mr Haffenden was confirmed dead at the scene.

The area between St Aubyns Road and Cambridge Road was cordoned off and traffic diverted for several hours.

Left: Police at the scene of last Thursday’s tragic accident.

Right: Floral tributes outside The Majestic Hotel.