Tribute to elderly cyclist in fatal crash
The family of Vera Chaplin, the elderly cyclist who died
following a collision with a lorry, have paid tribute to her,
describing her as a 'good hearted soul.'
Above: Vera Chaplin
The 89-year-old from Kirby Cross died on Monday after colliding
with a lorry on Frinton Road at 8.20am.
She suffered serious head injuries and sadly died a few hours
later in hospital.
Vera Chaplin was a keen cyclist and had lived in Kirby Cross for
most of her life. She was often seen cycling in the local area and
as a member of the congregation at St Michaels Church in
In July 2008 she was honoured for her service with the Women's Land
Army during the Second World War and received a medal from Gordon
Brown which she wore with great pride.
She leaves behind elder brother Stanley, two younger sisters, 18
great nieces and nephews and 14 great great nieces and nephews.
Stanley said:“She was a good hearted soul, and thoughtful. She
always looked after me, and we will all miss her very much.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact them
at the Stanway road policing unit on 0300 333 4444.
- A lorry driver, a 45-year-old man from Frinton, was
arrested and has been released on police bail until October 18
while enquiries continue.