Father, 22, and his 18-month-old daughter are killed and woman is left fighting for life after crash

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Father, 22, and his 18-month-old daughter are killed and woman is left fighting for life after crash

A 22-year-old father and his 18-month-old daughter died in a horrific crash after their car collided with a jack-knifing lorry.William Jesson had been

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A 22-year-old father and his 18-month-old daughter died in a horrific crash after their car collided with a jack-knifing lorry.

William Jesson had been driving with his young daughter Eve Jesson when his blue Ford Fiesta collided with the lorry.

The tragic accident happened on Saturday afternoon at 2.50pm, as the father and daughter were travelling down the A10 near Chittering, Cambridgeshire.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman in her twenties and a three-year-old girl, who were also in the car with the, were seriously injured and taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

18-month-old Eve (pictured) died in the car crash alongside her 22-year-old father William Jesson on the A1 near Chittering, Cambridgeshire on Saturday

18-month-old Eve (pictured) died in the car crash alongside her 22-year-old father William Jesson on the A1 near Chittering, Cambridgeshire on Saturday

18-month-old Eve (pictured) died in the car crash alongside her 22-year-old father William Jesson on the A1 near Chittering, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 

William Jesson (pictured) had been driving with his young daughter Eve Jesson when his blue Ford Fiesta collided with the lorry

William Jesson (pictured) had been driving with his young daughter Eve Jesson when his blue Ford Fiesta collided with the lorry

William Jesson (pictured) had been driving with his young daughter Eve Jesson when his blue Ford Fiesta collided with the lorry

Cambridgeshire Police said the woman was in a critical condition and the young girl had non-life-threatening injuries.

Mr Jesson’s family paid tribute to their ‘kind-hearted’ son, father, brother and uncle, releasing a statement through the police.

It said: ‘William was the best son, father, brother and uncle anyone could ask for.

‘He was such a kind-hearted man and the best dad to his girls and partner to his fiancée. He was kind, caring and made us laugh with his silly ways.

‘He will be forever in our hearts and memories. Nothing will be the same without him, he was just a ray of sunshine and lit up a room.’

The family went on to pay tribute to the young girl who died.

It read: ‘Eve was in this world for such a short period of time, but blessed us every day with her beautiful smile, her baby growls and her sweet nature.

‘She made our hearts melt with pride. As a whole family we love you both so much and you will both be forever missed.’

The jack-knifed lorry ended up crashed into a water-filled ditch. The driver, a man in his 40s from Grantham, Lincolnshire, suffered only minor injuries.

A woman aged in her 80s, from Downham Market, Norfolk, whose bronze Ford Fiesta was struck by the lorry as it entered the ditch, was uninjured.

Cambridgeshire Police said that the pensioner and the lorry driver remained at the scene. No arrests have been made.

Detective Sergeant Craig Wheeler, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: ‘This is a truly tragic incident, in which a father and his young daughter have lost their lives. Our thoughts go out to their family and friends at this terribly difficult time.

‘We are working hard to establish exactly what happened, and while we spoke to a number of witnesses at the scene, we are still appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage of the vehicles leading up to the incident to please get in touch if they haven’t done so already.’

Witnesses or those with dashcam footage are urged to contact police online or via 101 quoting incident 257 of October 15.

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