Tribute To Taxi Driver After Crash

The family of a taxi driver killed along with one of his passengers in a three car crash near Staplehurst have paid tribute to him saying: "He will be missed forever.''

Brian Maitland, 63, from Maidstone died at the scene of the collision on Cranbrook Road, Knox Bridge, just before 7.30pm on Tuesday.

The married father of two sons has been described as a loving father, grandfather and husband to wife Linda.

In a statement issued via Kent Police, his family said: "He was a keen gardener who enjoyed growing his own flowers and vegetables from seed.

"He was an active member of the Foresters Friendly Society and enjoyed organising events for them.

"Happiest spending time with his family and friends, he will be forever missed.''

A post-mortem examination will take place next week as inquiries continue into the crash.

His passenger - a 47-year-old woman, who has not yet been named - also died at the scene. An 18-year-old woman travelling in the back of the taxi remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The drivers of the other cars involved - a man in his 40s driving a Chrysler and a woman in her mid-40s driving a Ford Galaxy - were treated for minor injuries.

The crash happened on a section of road that is a continuation of the A229 between Frittenden and Staplehurst.

Witnesses are asked to call the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798535.