A PENSIONER who died after a motorway crash in the West Midlands has been named by police as Gilbert Holmes.
Mr Holmes, 84, of Tingley, near Wakefield, died in hospital yesterday (Tuesday) after his silver Chevrolet Matiz was in collision with a lorry on the M42.
He leaves behind son David, daughter-in-law Denise and granddaughter Stephanie, as well as younger brother Gordon.
In a family statement David Holmes said: “We are all devastated.
“He was a good friend throughout my life.
“He was very active and a he will be very much missed by us all.”
Mr Holmes was a retired manager for Yorkshire Imperial Metals, having previously served in a number of different regiments including the Green Howards, and served in India, Malaya and the Far East.
The crash happened on the northbound carriageway of the motorway during the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The lorry driver, a 39-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent, was also taken to hospital suffering with shock and was later discharged.
He was spoken to by officers, but was not arrested.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact them on 101.