Tributes paid to father-of-two who died in road crash

PUBLISHED: 16:03 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

TRIBUTES have been paid to a young father-of-two who died after a road accident near Harpenden on his way to work at 5.30am yesterday (Thursday) morning. Rajab Khan, aged 33, was travelling from his Luton home to open up his coffee shop business Mr Beans

TRIBUTES have been paid to a young father-of-two who died after a road accident near Harpenden on his way to work at 5.30am yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Rajab Khan, aged 33, was travelling from his Luton home to open up his coffee shop business Mr Beans in Station Approach, Harpenden.

The crash happened on the A1081 north of the junction with Kinsbourne Green Lane.

Mr Khan was driving his black Vauxhall Astra towards Harpenden when, for reasons unknown, he crossed into the opposite carriageway and collided with a Ford Transit van.

He was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital where he died.

The van driver, who is aged 55 and from Wootton in Beds was taken to the same hospital where he was described as being in a stable condition,

Andrew Wilson, who runs a picture framing business next door to Mr Beans in Station Approach, said: "I have known Rajab for three years since he opened his shop and used to see him at least four times a day.

"I am so sad for him and his lovely family whom he adored. He was a devoted family man never happier than when he could spend time with his kids. He was a generous, decent man who would put himself out for anyone."

Mr Khan was well-known in Harpenden by commuters and taxi drivers who regularly called into his shop from 5.30am onwards to get their early morning coffee.

Several bouquets have been laid outside the coffee shop as a mark of respect for him.

He was married to Shazia and the couple had two children -- a daughter, Zara, aged three and a one-year-old son, Hayaan.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash and anyone with information is asked to contact 0845 3300222.

The road between West Hyde Lane and the M1 Junction 10 spur road roundabout at Luton was closed following the accident and was not expected to reopen until 8pm tonight (Friday) while road repairs were carried out.


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