Two Herts teens have been arrested and charged with homicide after a “devoted” dad-of-two died after being hit by a automobile.
Neil Darnell, 50, from Waltham Abbey, died after being hit by a automobile in Farm Hill Road.
He was discovered injured on the highway round 10am on Friday, April 16 and died in hospital two days later because of this of his accidents.
His household have described him as a “real drive of life” with “a coronary heart of gold” and somebody who would all the time “exit of his approach to assist others”.
In a press release, these closest to him mentioned: “No household ought to ever need to undergo dropping a liked one in these circumstances.
“Neil was a compassionate and loving household man. He had celebrated 26 years of marriage to his spouse, Michelle, was a loyal father to his two daughters Alice and Grace, and liked nothing greater than taking his little canine Ted out for walks.
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“He was extraordinarily proud to have served his nation with the British Army for six years, together with within the first Gulf War, and would exit of his approach to assist others.
“Neil additionally accomplished three marathons, together with each the London and Chelmsford marathons, to boost cash for Teenage Cancer Trust and the Alzheimer’s Association.”
They added: “He was all the time completely happy, all the time joking and might all the time see the brighter facet of life.
“In the approaching years, Neil and Michelle had plans to maneuver to the countryside and journey to a protracted record of locations they hadn’t but had the time to go to.
“Neil was significantly trying ahead to devoting extra time to his ardour for cooking, sampling completely different craft beers and bourbons, and seeing his beloved Arsenal play.
“Through such a mindless act, these aspirations have been taken from each ourselves and from Neil, and our lives have been modified ceaselessly.
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“We are all fully heartbroken and no phrases can categorical how a lot Neil will probably be missed.”
On May 8, a 17-year previous boy from Cheshunt was arrested in Harlow and charged with homicide.
He appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on May 10 and will subsequent seem at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 6.
Yesterday (Thursday, May 13), a 17-year-old boy from Hertford was additionally arrested and charged with homicide.
He was as a consequence of seem at Colchester Magistrates’ Court at present (Friday, May 14).
Detectives are persevering with to research the circumstances behind the collision and ask anybody who has but to talk to Essex Police’s detectives and has any data or footage, to contact the Major Crime Team quoting reference 42/72816/21 at [email protected]