Tributes paid to former Welwyn Garden City barman following fatal crash on A1(M)

PUBLISHED: 09:28 25 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:36 25 November 2015

Tributes have been paid to Vichai Tonpradit who died in a collision on the A1(M) at Welwyn

Tributes have been paid to Vichai Tonpradit who died in a collision on the A1(M) at Welwyn


Tributes have been paid to a popular chef and former Welwyn Garden City barman who died following a collision on the A1(M) at Welwyn.

Vichai Tonpradit died following a collision on the A1 Northbound at the exit slip road of junction 6 at 7.30pm on November 10.

The incident involved three vehicles, including the motorbike being ridden by Mr Tonpradit, who came to Hertfordshire from Thailand more than 10 years ago and lived with friends in Stevenage.

Mr Tonpradit, who was 53, died at the scene.

He is remembered by friends as being kind, generous and always helpful to everyone he knew. He was not married and did not have any children, but just before he died was planning a trip back to Thailand to attend the wedding of a close family member.

Originally from Nakhon Sawan, a city north of Bangkok, he came to England in 2003 and worked for many local pubs and restaurants.

Always cheerful and optimistic, he had also worked as a barman in some local pubs including the Doctor’s Tonic in Welwyn Garden City and The Station Hotel in Knebworth. His funeral takes place this Friday, November 27th at Harwood Park Crematorium and his remains will be repatriated back to Thailand.

One his friends Paul Thompson, of Stevenage, said: “Vichai was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. He would do anything for anyone and was always cheerful and positive. He was known my many local people socially and through his work. He always brought a ray of sunshine wherever he went. We are going to miss him hugely.”

An investigation into the cause of the collision is being led by specialist road traffic investigators and anyone with information is asked to ring the police non-emergency number 101 and quote ISR 677 of November 10.

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