Father of four dies in van collision

A father of four died after his scooter collided with a van. Shaun Henderson, 43, of Fallowfield, Stevenage, died on Wednesday evening last week when his two-wheeler was in collision with a blue Citroen panel van outside St Nicholas School in Six Hills Wa

A father of four died after his scooter collided with a van.

Shaun Henderson, 43, of Fallowfield, Stevenage, died on Wednesday evening last week when his two-wheeler was in collision with a blue Citroen panel van outside St Nicholas School in Six Hills Way.

The driver of the van, a 27-year-old man from Stevenage, was later arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol and causing death by dangerous driving.

He was released on bail and ordered to return to Stevenage police station on February 22 while police make further inquiries into the tragedy.

Mr Henderson, who worked at Costello's Café in Fairlands Valley Park, had three sons aged five months, 21 months, and 16 years and a daughter aged 12.

A Scot from Edinburgh, Mr Henderson had lived with his partner in Stevenage for 12 years.

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He was well known within the community for his youth work, his poetry and musical talent.

This week the family released a statement saying: "This has been devastating news which has affected all of Shaun's family, friends and colleagues both locally and in Edinburgh.

"This tragic loss was very sudden and unexpected so it didn't give any of us time to say goodbye.

"Shaun was a devoted family man whose absence will always leave a large void in our lives."

Gary Sanderson, communications manager for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: "A fast response car, two ambulances and an ambulance officer were dispatched to the scene and arrived within four minutes.

"On arrival they found a male in a serious condition. He was treated and stabilised at the scene by paramedics and technicians before rapidly conveying him to an awaiting trauma team at Lister Hospital.

"Sadly the patient died in the A&E department."

Investigating officer Pc Victoria Richards of the eastern area road policing unit, said: "This is a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life.

"I would like to hear from anyone who saw the collision itself or who saw the van immediately before it happened."

Anyone with information should call Pc Richards on 01438 757606.

An inquest was opened and adjourned on Friday when the cause of Mr Henderson's death was given as multiple injuries.

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