A PENSIONER who died in a crash in Herefordshire has been named.

Benjamin Hicks, 83, died in the crash on the A44 near Leominster which was between a Volkswagen Golf, a Volvo lorry and a Ford Transit.

Mr Hicks, from Leominster, was known locally as “Joe Hicks” or “Bossman” and was the long-time owner of Marie’s General Stores in Folly Lane, Hereford.


He was driving his Ford Transit between Pembridge and Lower Burton when the collision happened with a VW Golf and a Volvo lorry at the junction with the road into Earlisland around 10.30am.

A 32-year-old man from Hereford was arrested at the scene and later bailed.

West Mercia Police said enquiries into the crash on Tuesday, November 1 are ongoing.

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Anyone who witnessed the collision or captured it on dash cam is asked to email tom.milton@westmercia.police.uk quoting incident 150 of November 1.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the Legions Cross Road in at 10.30am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and the Midland Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

Despite the best efforts of crews, the van driver died at the scene.


A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the driver of the van in a critical condition.

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support to him.

“Unfortunately, despite their best efforts it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him, and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The driver of the lorry was assessed and did not require treatment.”