Tributes have been paid to an Army man who was one of four people to die in a series of accidents on Rutland roads in the space of a week.
Pte Warren Carter, 24, based at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore, died when the car he was driving collided with a lorry on the A6003 in Gunthorpe at about 5.20am on Wednesday last week (December 9).
Four other men suffered serious injuries. Their current condition is unknown.
The accident was the first of four fatal crashes. Just before 1am the following day (December 10) a man died after the car he was driving collided with a lorry on the northbound carriageway of the A1 near Stretton.
Then on Saturday (December 12) a 52-year-old man was killed when the car he was driving collided with a lorry on the northbound carriageway of the A1 near Tickencote.
Neither man has yet been identified.
And at about 9.35am on Tuesday (December 15) Parin Yusuf Ismail, 25, from Peterborough, died in a two-car crash on the A47 at Coppice Leys, near South Luffenham. The driver of the other car was taken to Peterborough City Hospital with minor injuries.
Yesterday (December 16) a Ministry of Defence spokesman paid tribute to Pte Carter. She said: “Born and raised in Cambridge, Pte Carter joined the Army on January 22, 2012 and, following recruit training joined The Second Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers).
“A proud Poacher, he served with distinction in the UK, Kenya and Germany and his death leaves a huge void within C (Northamptonshire and Rutland) Company.
“Fit, motivated and diligent, Pte Carter was a fundamental part of C Company’s headquarter department. A dedicated soldier, his professionalism and enthusiasm for his career is best characterised by his long battle to return to full fitness following a heat injury sustained in Kenya. Where many had said recovery was impossible, he succeeded. He had recently secured a place on a promotion course in January 2016, testament to his drive and ambition.
“Funny, quick-witted and self deprecating, Pte Carter was the life and soul of the party. His quirky solo dances and funny sketches allowed many to make light of the grimmest situations. Never without a smile on his face, he had an opinion on everything.
“One of C Company’s more senior soldiers, he acted as a mentor for the younger men in the company, showing significant patience and emotional intelligence. Most recently he was employed as the company storeman where his diligence and proactive nature was respected immensely.
“Pte Carter loved life and relished competition. A gifted sportsman, he was a talented footballer and a keen supporter of his beloved Manchester United.
“A much-loved son, brother, partner to Kristi, and a committed father to Courtney, he will be dearly missed by his family and all that knew him.”
The accidents were discussed at a scheduled meeting of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership yesterday (December 16).