Tributes have been paid to the victims of a fatal road collision on the A6 on Sunday, December 30, who have been named by police as brothers Jay and Rik Dhesi.
Police have today (Wednesday) named the victims as Balrik Singh Dhesi, 30, and Jatinder Singh Dhesi, 23, both of Whitworth Way, Irthlingborough.
Balrik was driving a blue Vauxhall Tigra, travelling towards Kettering, which for reasons yet unknown, was in collision with a grey Fiat Punto, being driven by a 27-year-old woman, travelling in the opposite direction.
The woman driving the Punto and her female passenger both received minor injuries.
Large numbers of tributes have flooded in from friends and members of the community, who have all spoken of their shock at the deaths.
Sohan Garchi, secretary of Sri Guru Singh Sabhu Temple in Kettering, said: “We are all very shocked and all the community is very, very sad. The message comes from the entire community but we would not like to add more at this stage as we are so shocked.”
Jay Dhesi was a keen sportsman and played for American football team Peterborough Saxons, and was a coach for Northampton University team, Northampton Nemesis.
He studied for a BA (Hons) degree in Sports Marketing and his team mates have spoken about their loss.
His friend and team mate Dotun Ademiju said: “Jay played with us last year until he graduated, he loved the team so much he wanted to still be involved and help out, that’s why he became our coach.
“Jay wasn’t just our coach he was our friend, a captain everyone on the team looked up to. His sheer kindness made him a popular figure around campus. I can’t describe how much he will be missed.”
Wayne Gumbs, head coach of Northampton Nemesis, said he was saddened to lose his friend, Jay Dhesi, who he described as a gentle giant.
He said: “You really can not say a bad word about him. He was a real character and even if you didn’t know him, you would get along with him straight away. He wouldn’t say boo to a goose.
“Not only that he was always there to help and offering his support. Only a few days ago I invited him to a birthday meal and he was there straight away. He was also very talented, and whatever he set his mind to he could achieve.
“I would like to pay my respects to the family. To lose one son is bad, but to lose two young brothers, and two sons, must’ve torn the family apart.”
Mr Gumbs added that the Nemesis will now rename their players’ player of the year trophy to the Jay Dhesi Trophy. Jay Dhesi was part of the team from it’s creation and as a player he was the first person to win the players’ player of the year.
A Twitter account ‘RIP Jay Dhesi’ has been set up in his memory and tributes have flooded Facebook and Twitter for both of the brothers.
The brothers died in a head-on collision on the A6 bypass near Burton Latimer at about 11.45am on Sunday, December 30.
The accident happened about half a mile north of the Higham Road junction with the A6.
The A6 was closed for several hours between the Higham Road junction and junction 10a of the A14 while police officers carried out an investigation.
Traffic was diverted through the centre of Burton Latimer during the investigation.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters had been asked to attend the accident scene after receiving a request from ambulance crews.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has any information about it.
Anyone with information or who witnessed it is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.