Tributes paid to A31 crash victim Daniel Robins

Daily Echo: Daniel Robins Daniel Robins

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Hampshire man killed in a crash that caused seven hours of gridlock on a busy commuter route.

Motorcyclist Daniel Robins, 31, was an ex-pupil of Hardley School, now the New Forest Academy, but had recently moved to Bournemouth.

He was travelling westbound on the A31 on Wednesday evening when he and another motorcyclist collided with a runaway horse.

Officers halted the traffic after receiving reports of an animal in the road – then advised drivers to proceed with caution. The subsequent accident occurred at Picket Post, near Ringwood, at 6.15pm.

Mr Robins was killed and the other rider – a 47-year-old Broadstone man – was seriously hurt and remains in hospital.

Former school friends have paid tribute to Daniel on social networking site Facebook.

Marc Watts posted: “Such sad news. RIP Dan Robins. Another sad loss from the class of 98. Stay strong guys.”

Nick Dearden wrote: “Shocked at another person being taken from that year at Hardley School. Little sporting superstar whose mum treasured him so much. RIP dude and thinking of all the boys who have lost another school brother.”

Wade Horton added: “Such a top bloke who will be missed by so many. Can’t believe another friend was taken from us far too soon. RIP Robins you legend.”

Alice Burch said: “One of my life-long best friends was tragically taken from us. Just last Sunday we were sat eating, joking, laughing, hugging and planning the year. I miss you so much already. RIP Dan Robins.”

Greg Livermore called Daniel “one in a million” and added: “Heaven has gained an angel far too soon.”

Police investigating the tragedy closed the westbound carriageway, trapping hundreds of rush-hour motorists on a stretch of road with no exits.

Drivers were stranded in their cars for several hours with no food or water – and say they were given virtually no information by police.

Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes has said more needs to be done to assess the welfare of people caught in traffic jams for several hours and has vowed to raise the issue with chief constable Andy Marsh and consult with the Highways Agency and voluntary organisations.

He said it was in no way criticising the police but seeking to improve things in the future.

As reported in the Daily Echo the police handling of the incident was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Last night Mr Hayes said the IPCC had decided not to investigate the incident itself but allow Hampshire Police to carry out its own inquiry.

Police have defended their actions in dealing with the crash but say they will be looking to see what lessons they can learn.

The gridlock has sparked calls for gaps to be created in the central reservation to provide traffic with an emergency escape route if similar congestion occurs in the future.

Several cross-over points used to exist on the A31 between Cadnam and Ringwood but were closed several years ago after a police motor-cyclist was killed in an accident caused by a motorist doing a U-turn.

Last night police investigating the death of Mr Robins made a fresh appeal for witnesses.

A police spokesman said: “Prior to the collision both riders were held in a queue of traffic while police responded to reports of a loose horse on the carriageway.

“Officers were advising motorists to proceed with caution regarding the possibility of animals in the carriageway.”

Anyone with information about the incident should ring the road death investigation team at Eastleigh police station on 101.

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9:12am Sat 25 Jan 14

andoru says...

Shaun Hale, Paul Brogan, Daniel Robins ... that year group is cursed. RIP all three of you and condolences to the Robins family at this time. I was a little younger than him, but I remember him from Hardley. As soon as I saw the name I remembered.
Shaun Hale, Paul Brogan, Daniel Robins ... that year group is cursed. RIP all three of you and condolences to the Robins family at this time. I was a little younger than him, but I remember him from Hardley. As soon as I saw the name I remembered. andoru
  • Score: -6

9:48am Sat 25 Jan 14

cales85 says...

The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr
oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.
The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future. cales85
  • Score: 8

10:13am Sat 25 Jan 14

andoru says...

cales85 wrote:
The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr

oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.
Obviously it's not meant literally. I was merely remarking that this particular group of young people have once again found themselves affected by tragedy. Perhaps you might focus more on my words of condolence than my - clearly too oblique for you - way of mentioning this. I'll be interpreting any thumbs down as disapproval of my words of condolence.
[quote][p][bold]cales85[/bold] wrote: The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.[/p][/quote]Obviously it's not meant literally. I was merely remarking that this particular group of young people have once again found themselves affected by tragedy. Perhaps you might focus more on my words of condolence than my - clearly too oblique for you - way of mentioning this. I'll be interpreting any thumbs down as disapproval of my words of condolence. andoru
  • Score: 4

10:18am Sat 25 Jan 14

andoru says...

cales85 wrote:
The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr

oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.
Moreover, the article itself contains messages from Daniel's friends who comment on the "class of '98", as even a cursory glance would have told you.
[quote][p][bold]cales85[/bold] wrote: The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.[/p][/quote]Moreover, the article itself contains messages from Daniel's friends who comment on the "class of '98", as even a cursory glance would have told you. andoru
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

andoru wrote:
cales85 wrote:
The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr


oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.
Moreover, the article itself contains messages from Daniel's friends who comment on the "class of '98", as even a cursory glance would have told you.
Why did you even bother answering Cales85 ridiculous post. Losing three out of one year is bad, cursed. Sad loss.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cales85[/bold] wrote: The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.[/p][/quote]Moreover, the article itself contains messages from Daniel's friends who comment on the "class of '98", as even a cursory glance would have told you.[/p][/quote]Why did you even bother answering Cales85 ridiculous post. Losing three out of one year is bad, cursed. Sad loss. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Sat 25 Jan 14

ali dia says...

Rest in peace Dan. Truly good person through and through, and always smiling. An absolute credit to his lovely Mum...........x
Liam S
Rest in peace Dan. Truly good person through and through, and always smiling. An absolute credit to his lovely Mum...........x Liam S ali dia
  • Score: 6

12:55pm Sat 25 Jan 14

andoru says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
andoru wrote:
cales85 wrote:
The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr



oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.
Moreover, the article itself contains messages from Daniel's friends who comment on the "class of '98", as even a cursory glance would have told you.
Why did you even bother answering Cales85 ridiculous post. Losing three out of one year is bad, cursed. Sad loss.
Indeed. I think perhaps they believe I literally meant that a witch has cast a spell on them, when in fact what I mean is that the group of students who graduated that year have been cursed by tragedy. 'To curse' has the additional meaning of 'to cause torment or grief'. Any group of friends who suffer three tragic losses so young has most definitely been cursed by tragedy. As a former Hardley pupil who knew of all three young men, my thoughts are most definitely with the Robins family today. I'm mildly insulted that Cales85 would suggest otherwise.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cales85[/bold] wrote: The Yeargroup is most definitely not 'cursed' what an awful thing to say and so insensitve at such a sad time. It was a tragic and sad accident, and nothing to do with any particular friend-group/year-gr oup at school. Maybe take some time to consider the feelings of the poor family and friends before commenting so publicly in future.[/p][/quote]Moreover, the article itself contains messages from Daniel's friends who comment on the "class of '98", as even a cursory glance would have told you.[/p][/quote]Why did you even bother answering Cales85 ridiculous post. Losing three out of one year is bad, cursed. Sad loss.[/p][/quote]Indeed. I think perhaps they believe I literally meant that a witch has cast a spell on them, when in fact what I mean is that the group of students who graduated that year have been cursed by tragedy. 'To curse' has the additional meaning of 'to cause torment or grief'. Any group of friends who suffer three tragic losses so young has most definitely been cursed by tragedy. As a former Hardley pupil who knew of all three young men, my thoughts are most definitely with the Robins family today. I'm mildly insulted that Cales85 would suggest otherwise. andoru
  • Score: 7

1:51pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Deerhunter147 says...

Such sad news. I lost my dad in a car accident in 2010 and its one of the hardest things for the family to deal with. My thoughts are very much with all of Dan's family at this dreadfully sad time.
Such sad news. I lost my dad in a car accident in 2010 and its one of the hardest things for the family to deal with. My thoughts are very much with all of Dan's family at this dreadfully sad time. Deerhunter147
  • Score: 7

2:19pm Sat 25 Jan 14

andoru says...

andoru wrote:
Shaun Hale, Paul Brogan, Daniel Robins ... that year group is cursed. RIP all three of you and condolences to the Robins family at this time. I was a little younger than him, but I remember him from Hardley. As soon as I saw the name I remembered.
Apparently there are at least four sick people who don't share in my condolences to the Robins family. Shame on you.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: Shaun Hale, Paul Brogan, Daniel Robins ... that year group is cursed. RIP all three of you and condolences to the Robins family at this time. I was a little younger than him, but I remember him from Hardley. As soon as I saw the name I remembered.[/p][/quote]Apparently there are at least four sick people who don't share in my condolences to the Robins family. Shame on you. andoru
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14

dchrisdom says...

Just about sums up the selfish people here.' People were stranded in their cars with no food or water ' . This poor guy was going nowhere either, at least you were getting home to your family and loved ones that evening.
Just about sums up the selfish people here.' People were stranded in their cars with no food or water ' . This poor guy was going nowhere either, at least you were getting home to your family and loved ones that evening. dchrisdom
  • Score: 6

7:00pm Sat 25 Jan 14

BeyondImagination says...

I think it's a shame the Echo didn't stick to the headline story of a tribute to the man who died. The rant about the traffic chaos should have been a separate story. The Echo should show more respect.
I think it's a shame the Echo didn't stick to the headline story of a tribute to the man who died. The rant about the traffic chaos should have been a separate story. The Echo should show more respect. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 5

9:10pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

andoru wrote:
andoru wrote:
Shaun Hale, Paul Brogan, Daniel Robins ... that year group is cursed. RIP all three of you and condolences to the Robins family at this time. I was a little younger than him, but I remember him from Hardley. As soon as I saw the name I remembered.
Apparently there are at least four sick people who don't share in my condolences to the Robins family. Shame on you.
Sadly there are some on the comment section who downvote everything even if its just to post condolences. Wish DE would remove the bloody thing
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: Shaun Hale, Paul Brogan, Daniel Robins ... that year group is cursed. RIP all three of you and condolences to the Robins family at this time. I was a little younger than him, but I remember him from Hardley. As soon as I saw the name I remembered.[/p][/quote]Apparently there are at least four sick people who don't share in my condolences to the Robins family. Shame on you.[/p][/quote]Sadly there are some on the comment section who downvote everything even if its just to post condolences. Wish DE would remove the bloody thing Mary80
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

dchrisdom wrote:
Just about sums up the selfish people here.' People were stranded in their cars with no food or water ' . This poor guy was going nowhere either, at least you were getting home to your family and loved ones that evening.
That was exactly my point they complained they were stuck in traffic yet the poor guy DIED
[quote][p][bold]dchrisdom[/bold] wrote: Just about sums up the selfish people here.' People were stranded in their cars with no food or water ' . This poor guy was going nowhere either, at least you were getting home to your family and loved ones that evening.[/p][/quote]That was exactly my point they complained they were stuck in traffic yet the poor guy DIED Mary80
  • Score: -1

11:53pm Sun 26 Jan 14

NBrabbit says...

We all appreciate how sad an event this was, the echo has highlighted the alternative story, which is not the most tragic, but nevertheless important. As a member of the many people trapped in the traffic I can tell you it wasn't a nice experience. I was lucky enough to have had others to share the 7+ hours with, but there where elderly people stuck on their own without updates from the police to reassure.
And as far as comments have suggested (I personally did not arrive home until early the next morning), also think if those with children who ad little to no mobile coverage who's families did not know what was going on?
The traffic police should have dealt with both situations (obviously priority to the fatality and casualty) but over seven hours is horrendous and yet the police state they will not investigate this and there are lessons to be learnt???
Now I think there are more than lessons to be learnt from this fiasco. Firstly why was a horse in the middle of the road? Why where motorists not guided passed the site where the horse was, if it wasn't safe? And why did it take over seven hours for the police to remember the traffic was backed up to the M27?
We all appreciate how sad an event this was, the echo has highlighted the alternative story, which is not the most tragic, but nevertheless important. As a member of the many people trapped in the traffic I can tell you it wasn't a nice experience. I was lucky enough to have had others to share the 7+ hours with, but there where elderly people stuck on their own without updates from the police to reassure. And as far as comments have suggested (I personally did not arrive home until early the next morning), also think if those with children who ad little to no mobile coverage who's families did not know what was going on? The traffic police should have dealt with both situations (obviously priority to the fatality and casualty) but over seven hours is horrendous and yet the police state they will not investigate this and there are lessons to be learnt??? Now I think there are more than lessons to be learnt from this fiasco. Firstly why was a horse in the middle of the road? Why where motorists not guided passed the site where the horse was, if it wasn't safe? And why did it take over seven hours for the police to remember the traffic was backed up to the M27? NBrabbit
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Mon 27 Jan 14

d070781 says...

What a top bloke Dan was. I had the pleasure of working with him at gangwarily and playing football with him. A great lad to know and such a great loss to everone that knew him. Thinking of all of his family at this tragic time. Sleep well buddy. RIP. Den.
What a top bloke Dan was. I had the pleasure of working with him at gangwarily and playing football with him. A great lad to know and such a great loss to everone that knew him. Thinking of all of his family at this tragic time. Sleep well buddy. RIP. Den. d070781
  • Score: 0

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