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500 mourn 'incredible' family man killed in M1 crash horror.

Byline: ANDY RICHARDS Content Editor @AndyRichards9

FIVE hundred people gathered to pay a moving tribute to a victim of the M1 crash tragedy that claimed eight lives.

Cyriac Joseph, from Nottingham, was described as an "incredible father, husband and friend".

He was the driver of a minibus which was involved in the horrific smash in the early hours of Saturday, August 26.

A packed memorial service at the city's Good Shepherd Church heard a heartbreaking tribute given by his 16-year-old daughter, Bennita.

Mr Joseph's son, Benson, had just been given a place at the University of Birmingham to study cyber security while his wife Ancy is a cardiac nurse.

Bennita, who collected her GCSE results last month, said: "We lost an incredible father, husband and friend and, in his absence, we don't know what to do.

"Now, we feel the darkness before us.

"It is a great loss for us because he was the leading figure in our family.

"He was very professional in every part of his life, and he was fully dedicated in his heart and soul to whatever he did.

"This incident has ruined several families' hopes and dreams, and I don't wish upon anyone the pain and loss that my family and I are experiencing."

Mr Joseph, 52, was among eight victims killed in the crash, which happened near the motorway's junction 14, at Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire. Two lorry drivers have been charged in connection with the incident.

Ryszard Masierak, 31, appeared in court on August 28 to face eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving, four of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and eight of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

Masierak, from Evesham in Worcestershire, was remanded in custody and will appear next at Aylesbury Crown Court on September 26.

David Wagstaff, 53, of Derwent Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Date:Sep 13, 2017
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