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Tributes to Sutton Benger rugby stalwart killed in crash
Sutton Benger rugby stalwart David Smith was killed in a car crash at the weekend while on his way to be an assessor at a match.
Mr Smith, president of the Somerset Rugby Football Union, was en route to the National Three South West match between Worcester Wanderers and Newton Abbot on Saturday afternoon.
He died at the scene of a two-car collision near the Sixways Stadium in Worcester. Police, firefighters, two ambulances and two air ambulances were called to the incident just after 2.15pm.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a significant collision. One man was trapped in the wreckage in one car and was in a serious condition.
"Whilst ambulance crews began treating the man his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support in an attempt to resuscitate the man.
“Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and the medic, nothing could be done to save man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
A 59-year-old man was cut free from the second car and taken by ambulance to hospital in Birmingham with injuries to ankles, hip, wrist and pelvis.
The rugby community has paid tribute to Mr Smith, described as a "legend" by the Old Sulians rugby club at Bath.
He had been appointed to the RFU disciplinary committee and took over as president of the Somerset RFU in June, having served on their committee for more than ten years.
Des Chalmers, Somerset RFU chairman, said: “He made a fantastic contribution to the Somerset RFU over the years starting when he was co-opted as a representative from the Somerset Referees’ Society before becoming the Bath and North East Somerset representative.”
A member of the Somerset Referees’ Society said Mr Smith had been a member of the society for many years as a referee, assessor and committee member.
The spokesman said: “He devoted his leisure hours to rugby and in particular referee development.
"It is through his hard work as the Society Exchange secretary that with careful thought of what referee should officiate at what game that the society has been successful in the progression of its members.”
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