Tributes paid to 28-year-old killed in A66 crash

Date: Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Freddie Maitland
Freddie Maitland

THE family of a man who died in a collision on the A66 have paid tribute to him.

Freddie Maitland, aged 28, of Kirkcudbright in the Scottish Borders, lost his life following a collision at Crackenthorpe with a Mercedes HGV on Friday, 29th December.

Mr. Maitland's parents, Jamie and Jane, said: "Our dear Freddie died in a horrible accident. We have lost our beloved third child, and Emma and Adam their maddening little brother. We are numb with sadness. He had a knack of making friends and was happiest when the centre of attention. His strong sense of right and wrong did not always extend to respect for other people’s wardrobe. We all loved him very much."

The incident happened at around 5.50pm and Mr. Maitland was driving a Nissan 370Z. The driver of the HGV, a 34-year-old man, was unhurt. The road was closed for over six hours whilst investigations were carried out. Police have asked for

anybody who stopped at the scene, particularly any vehicles that were travelling westbound, towards Penrith, to contact them. They are especially keen to speak to the driver of a grey VW Golf which stopped on the grass verge adjacent to the collision scene.

Anybody with any information, or anyone who was at the scene before the police arrived, is asked to contact either PC 2367 Sam Baker or Sgt 1929 Martin Bainbridge by calling 101.