M5 lorry death victim 'had laid flowers' at Dylan Cecil memorial

  • 1 May 2014
  • From the section England
Dylan Cecil
Image caption Dylan Cecil died when he fell from the jetty at Burnham on Sea, in 2012

A man who was killed on the motorway in Somerset had been attending a memorial event for his four-year-old nephew.

Peter Thurlow from Kettering, in Northamptonshire, had been in Burnham-on-Sea to lay flowers for Dylan Cecil, who died when he fell off a jetty in to the sea, in 2012.

Mr Thurlow, 42, was hit by a lorry on the M5 between Burnham and Weston-super-Mare, early on Wednesday.

The memorial was being held on what would have been Dylan's six birthday.

'Family holiday'

A Facebook page set up to remember Dylan confirmed Mr Thurlow was the boy's uncle.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said investigators were trying to establish why Mr Thurlow had been on the motorway, at about 01:00 BST and appealed for witnesses.

Dylan was on holiday with his parents Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, also from Kettering, when fell into the water as he tried to get a closer look at the sea, on August 19 2012.

Despite efforts by both parents who jumped in to save him, he had disappeared beneath the water.

Coroner Michael Rose recorded a verdict of accidental death caused by drowning, which he described as a "tragedy".

Dylan's body was found four days later.

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