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Family 'devastated' by death of man, 82, in A66 crash

David Bennell's family say he was still "extremely active". Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of an 82-year-old man who died following a collision on the A66 near Braithwaite say they have been left "devastated".

David Bennell, who lived in the village and was treasurer of Cumbria Mothers Union, was involved in a two vehicle collision on Friday 29 April, which police were called to at 4:40pm.

He was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and was pronounced dead the next day.

Mr Bennell's daughter said he was "still extremely active".

He was a well-respected and loved gentleman of his community. Always doing things for other people and charities.

He was Treasurer for Cumbria Mothers Union which he kept on after the loss of his wife four years ago and will be sorely missed.

They say age is just a number and in my dad’s case that was definitely true.
He still rode his push bike and walked a few miles each day. Still taking himself off to Spain twice a year for a holiday. Still extremely active.

Sadly his time has been cut short leaving a devastated daughter, son and grandson that will miss him dearly.

– Mr Bennell’s daughter

Police are appealing for information from anyone who witnessed the crash.