Worlington crash: Tributes to fourth victim friends called Blerch

Tributes to the four people who died on Friday at Worlington ANL-150720-120139009

Tributes to the four people who died on Friday at Worlington ANL-150720-120139009

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Family and friends of a Mildenhall lorry driver killed in Friday’s collision in Worlington have been paying tribute to him.

As the police work to officially identify him, he has been named locally as Chris ‘Blerch’ Merchant. He is the last of the four people killed in the accident, in which the BMW M3 he was in caught fire, to be officially identified.

Many of his friends have changed their social media profile pictures to ones showing them with him.

Leiston footballer John Sands, put several pictures of the two of them together on Twitter and Facebook. Above one he simply says: “I love u bro forever in my heart.”

One of Mr Merchant’s Facebook friends, Martine Thorp, wrote: “So upsetting knowing I’ll never see your face again Chris Blerchatov Merchant a good friend n decent guy. You’ll b truly missed bud. RIP”

Another, Martin Palmer, from Mildenhall, said: “No words for the feelings and shock of the news, sending my love and regards to the families of all involved, really will be missed wat a funny lovable bloke u was, will keep your jumper safe and salute to all the pretty girls i see dont u worry mate,”

The number of tributes at the scene of the crash has grown to occupy several yards of the hedge through which the car went.

One bunch of flowers for Mr Merchant said: “Thanks for the great times we shared together. I’m going to miss that cheeky smile of yours.”

Another, signed ‘your Eleanor’ said: “I wish I could talk to you one more time, that’s all I need. I send so much love to your family. I’ll always care about you Christopher. Now go and cause havoc in heaven my man.”

Steve Proctor and family said on their flowers: “Blerch, taken too early.”

For our story on tributes to his friend Matthew Grant and pensioners William and Helen Dyall who were in the other car in the collision click here