Tragedy as 'always smiling' school bus driver dad dies after Mill Street crash

The incident took place in Mill Street, Bedworth
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A much-loved dad who 'always had a massive smile on his face' has tragically died following a collision in Bedworth. Wayne Campbell, who was 42, lost his fight for life in hospital two days after being hit by a car in Mill Street.

His heartbroken family have paid tribute to the much-loved dad, who many will know as he was a coach driver for Ridleys, taking children to and from school as well as on holiday. They said that the 42-year-old was also a passionate sportsman including off-road cycling, skiing as well as playing for his local pool team.

In their touching statement, his family said their lives would 'never be the same again' following his loss, but they added that they were 'blessed' to have had him in their lives.

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The statement said: “Wayne Campbell, taken too soon at the age of 42. Leaving behind his much-loved partner Louise, stepson Jake, daughter Summer, brother Darren and so many family, and friends.

"Wayne was a much-loved coach driver for Ridleys, transporting children, to and from school and also taking them on tours inside and outside the UK. So many people have showed how much he will be missed and shared their stories on how he has impacted on their lives.

“He was loved by many and always had a massive smile on his face." The statement ends: "Our lives will never be the same, but we were blessed to have had him in our lives."

Police statement

Mr Campbell sadly lost his life in hospital following the collision on Mill Street at 6.54pm on Thursday, June 27. Police say that investigations are ongoing and police are appealing for key witnesses to come forward.

PC Russ Pennington from the Warwickshire Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was an extremely sad incident, and our thoughts are with Mr Campbell’s family and friends.

“We are continuing to ask anyone who witnessed the collision or has video footage from the area at the time to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information that could help police with their enquiries should visit the website here or call 101 quoting incident 320 of June 27.

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