'We have lost a real shining light in the business world' - tribute to Welwyn Garden City IT specialist

PUBLISHED: 12:23 11 February 2017

Floral tributes to Piotr Caban in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Derek Deheer-Graham

Floral tributes to Piotr Caban in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Derek Deheer-Graham

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A Welwyn Garden City worker was looking forward to spending the first night in his new flat the evening he suffered fatal injuries in a hit-and-run.

Tributes have been paid to Piotr Caban, who died in a hit-and-run in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Valerie NewtonTributes have been paid to Piotr Caban, who died in a hit-and-run in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Valerie Newton

Piotr Pawel Caban, 43, was involved in a collision with a vehicle as he crossed Tewin Road at around 7.50pm on Wednesday, February 1.

The dad was a highly-skilled IT specialist and had moved from Poland to Welwyn Garden City in July to take up a job with a job with Roche in Shire Park after being head-hunted.

His manager Derek Deheer-Graham said: “He was working for me as a business analyst.

“He was excellent at what he did.

“The team was very close and we’re devastated.

“We have lost a real shining light in the business world.

“That evening he was on his way to the new apartment.

“He had never even slept in it.

“I was in San Francisco when I got a phone call from the hospital so I got on the next flight and came straight to the office to meet the family.

“We went to the accident site to put down flowers.

“It’s very tragic indeed.”

Mr Deheer-Graham said a book of condolence had been started and colleagues have also started a collection to give to Mr Caban’s family.

Police are appealing for anyone who has recently sold a new or second-hand Mini windscreen, either in person or online to get in touch.

They would also like to speak to anyone who installed or received enquiries about a replacement Mini windscreen on or after February 1.

Lastly, officers would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen a light-coloured Mini with a dark-coloured roof in the area of Welwyn Garden City and Hertford on the night of the collision, or the following day.

The vehicle may have had damage to its windscreen.

Anyone who believes they have information that could assist the investigation should please call Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number B1/17/498.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

• A 20-year-old man from Hertford has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with this incident. He has been bailed until March 29.

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