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UPDATE - tributes paid to boss of Burton firm and father of cricketer killed in car crash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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TRIBUTES are flooding in for the boss of a Burton engineering firm and father of Derbyshire cricketer, Tom Poynton, who died after his Ferrari hit a tree.

Keith Poynton, who was the director of Briggs, in Derby Street, Burton, was killed after his new red Ferrari 458 Spider hit a tree in Cadley Lane on Friday night.

His wife, Sheena, said her 57-year-old husband, who was also the vice president of Lullington Cricket Club, would have been ‘humbled’ by the tributes.

Derbyshire wicketkeeper, 23-year-old Tom Poynton, was also injured in the incident suffering fractures.

As a result, the decision was taken to postpone the LV County Championship Division Two game which was due to start today.

In a club statement, chief executive Simon Storey said: “We are a small close knit group here at Derbyshire and Tom’s dad was well-known to our players and coaching staff. We are still trying to come to terms with the devastating news and at the moment our concerns are solely with Tom and his family at this difficult time.

“We are deeply indebted to the Chairman, Chief Executive and Director of Cricket at Leicestershire CCC who have supported the decision to postpone the game. I am very sorry to everyone who was looking forward to the opening fixture.”

The crash resulted in the closure of Caldwell Road, Rosliston Road and Cadley Lane.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police urged any witnesses to come forward or anyone who saw a new red Ferrari 458 Spider in the area that evening to leave their details for PC 636 Parkin of the collision investigation unit.

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