TRIBUTES were today flooding in for the boss of a Burton manufacturing 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 crashed into the tree in Caldwell Road, Linton, on Friday night.
His wife, Sheena, of Rosliston, said her 57-year-old husband, who was also former vice chairman of Lullington Cricket Club, would have been ‘humbled’ by the tributes.
She said: “I’m overwhelmed by all the support and love for my lovely husband Keith. He would’ve been humbled by it all.
“Keith was a true gentleman, a family man always, and I don’t yet know how I’ll live without him.”
His son, Derbyshire wicketkeeper, 23-year-old Tom Poynton, was also injured in the incident and suffered fractures.
Floral tributes have been placed at the scene of the tragedy.
Keith’s other son, Adam, Lullington Cricket Club’s third XI vice captain, said: “I am so totally overwhelmed by the amount of love for my dad from everybody in the ‘cricket family’. The amount of respect is astounding.”
He also thanked well-wishers for support on what had been ‘the worst day’ of his family’s lives, adding: “I am so proud to have had a dad loved by so many.”
After the crash, Tom was rushed to Burton Queen’s Hospital with a ‘suspected fracture’ and other associated injuries.
The incident 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 to leave their details for PC 636 Parkin of the collision investigation unit.
Andy Fleming was travelling back from a friend’s house with his wife when he arrived at the scene just minutes after the crash.
He said: “We had come to the corner and could see a red car against the tree and there were about four other cars parked along the road with people out helping. I thought that the people in the car were already out. We couldn’t see much as the car was in a ditch. But as we drove past I saw the front of the car and was it completely obliterated. I couldn’t tell if it was a Ferrari – it was unrecognisable.
“There were no emergency services there so we must have gone past only minutes after it happened. We didn’t stop as there were lots of people there already.
“I just feel so sorry for his family.”
Mr Fleming hit back at any assumptions the Ferrari had been speeding, blaming the lack of road markings, warning of the tight bend at the crash site.
He said: “People are assuming that because it was a Ferrari he must have been speeding but there are actually no road markings there and the chevron signs were actually knocked over about three months ago and haven’t been replaced, so if you don’t know that road very well then it is very dangerous.
“Road markings and signs need to be put in place.”