Murrow man charged with causing death of Whittlesey rugby player Mark Collin by dangerous driving

PUBLISHED: 14:48 19 April 2018

Mark Collin was killed in a collision on Ramsey Road, Whittlesey in August 2017. PHOTO Peterborough Rugby Club

Mark Collin was killed in a collision on Ramsey Road, Whittlesey in August 2017. PHOTO Peterborough Rugby Club

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A man has been charged following a fatal crash on the B1040 Ramsey Road, Whittlesey, on August 1 2017.

Dale Smith, 30, of Front Road, Murrow, Wisbech, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst driving a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with his driving licence, aggravated vehicle taking, burglary (non-dwelling) and handling stolen strops (it takes place after a theft or other dishonest acquisition is completed and may be committed by a fence or other person who helps the thief to realise the value of the stolen goods).

Smith is due to appear at Peterborough Crown Court on April 30 to enter his plea.

The burglary (non-dwelling) and aggravated vehicle taking incidents took place in Lincolnshire.

Mark Collin, 51, of Stonald Avenue, Whittlesey, died at the scene when his vehicle, a green Nissan Primera, was involved in a collision with a black Audi S3.

Family members and friends called Mark, who was a rugby player, a ‘kind and thoughtful’ man.

In August 2017, Peterborough Rugby Club led the tributes: “Mark was a player with the Juggers and has recently been on tour with them to Portugal.

“He joined PRUFC two years ago, moving from Thorney to get more veteran level games but if there was no game he would play for any team that were short.

“He has played for the 2s, 3s and Juggers and if he couldn’t get a game there he’d play for anyone else who were short, Deeping, Thorney etc.

“He will be sadly missed.”

Gary Swan, former chairman of Whittlesey Junior Football Club, said: “I found Mark a very kind and thoughtful person who gave up lots of his time to help kids enjoy the game.

“Helping with a team, he was always there to help with a referee and also helping the club along to where it is today – especially when the field of dreams was being created.

“A sad loss – thoughts to Natalie and the boys at this sad time. RIP mate.”

Louise Anthony said on Facebook: “Such sad news, thoughts are with all the family. RIP Mark.”

Jamie Hayes, who Mark played rugby with, said: “Gutted ain’t the word. I’ll miss you my friend and all the times you gave me good advice and looked after me as a teammate and a friend.

“I’m glad I got to share the rugby pitch with you.”

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