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Sikh family killed in horror collision

PUBLISHED: 17:21 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:34 25 August 2010

THE BEXLEYHEATH FAMILY KILLED IN A COLLISION ON THE M1: Lakhip Nagra, 27, with his sister Navjit, 28, and mother, Inderjit, 48.

THE BEXLEYHEATH FAMILY KILLED IN A COLLISION ON THE M1: Lakhip Nagra, 27, with his sister Navjit, 28, and mother, Inderjit, 48.

A SIKH community is devastated after a car crash wiped out an entire family, a month after the death of their father.

A SIKH community is devastated after a car crash wiped out an entire family, a month after the death of their father.

Lakhdip Nagra, 27, of Little Heath Road, Bexleyheath, was killed along with his sister Navjit, 28, their mother Inderjit, 48, and Chain Singh, 66, an uncle visiting from India, in a crash on the M1 outside Luton, last Saturday.

The family were returning from Inderjit Nagra's hometown of Birmingham when their Jaguar hit a VW Passat head on after 24-year-old driver Mariusz Marcin Adamski took a sudden U-turn at some roadworks.

The tragedy comes just five weeks after their father Shinder Nagra died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage.

Johal Balbir Singh, a family friend and committee member at the Belvedere Sikh temple, said: "We just spent two weeks at the temple to mourn their father's loss.

"He was my best friend. Now we're back and they are all gone - that's one month and five people dead. Our community is very close and people have been devastated by this. People were crying because it was so terrible, but what can you say? People just feel so sorry for them."

Navjit, an accountant and a graduate from north London's Middlesex University, was due to be married on June 21 to a man from Southall, Mr Singh said.

Her brother Lakhdip, a graduate from Coventry University, was working at Deloitte UK as a senior technology consultant.

Aingaran Somaskandarajah, a workmate from Lewisham, said: "Lakhdip was a larger than life character that used to make things happen.

"He organised events, made friends quickly and he was your man who would drop in to manage difficult projects.

"His workmates at Deloitte UK went to our regular watering hole this week to remember him, he was such an amazing guy.

"He was incredibly intelligent and regarded very, very highly at the firm. He had a very bright future ahead of him."

Mr Nagra's mother, a daily visitor at the Guru Nanak Darbar, in Lower Road, Belvedere, had been married to her husband for some 30 years.

Neighbours in Little Heath Road said Mrs Nagra was quiet but friendly, occasionally coming round with gifts of cut flowers.

Neighbour Chelsea Hobbs, 28, said: "We just moved in seven weeks ago and as we were unpacking the son introduced himself and offered to help us. With the funeral of the father just a month ago I couldn't believe they'd all gone."

Bexleyheath shopkeeper Surinder Kalley said he was a very distant relation to the "quiet and decent" family, adding: "They were nice people. After dealing with the death of their dad they had something to look forward to, what with the wedding coming up this summer.

"The son had just brought a new car and I think things were looking up for them. They had their whole lives ahead of them, it's really sad."

Bedfordshire police are still searching for witnesses to the crash. It is believed road works possibly confused Polish national Mr Adamski, from Leicester, causing him to turn his car directly into the path of the Nagra family's car.

On Monday, family and friends prepared to read from Holy Scriptures for each of the deceased at the family's Bexleyheath home until their funeral. It is expected to be open to all mourners, but no date was fixed as the Times went to press.

- Witnesses to the crash should contact Bedfordshire Police on 01234 842 492, or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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