A MAN involved in a fatal crash on the A30 near Honiton has been named as a 'much loved' father from Hinton St George. 

Robert Duval, 60, was travelling in a BMW which was involved in a collision with a HGV close to the junction with the Seven Mile Straight at Upottery at around 7am on Tuesday, February 13.

His family have paid tribute to the husband and father, who they said touched the lives of many. 

A statement from the family said: “Robert Duval was a much loved husband, father, brother and son, who burned so very brightly, and in so many ways touched the lives and hearts of those around him.

“We are very grateful for the time we were able to have with him, and are devastated that this has been cruelly cut short.

“We would like to thank everyone for their warm words and wishes and to thank the police and emergency services for their help and support.”

Mr Duval was a top barrister working in Bristol.

Colleagues described him as the "finest of advocates and gentlemen", while tributes to him were made at Bristol Crown Court on Friday morning.

Albion Chambers said the CPS panel advocate level 4 prosecutor, who was called to the bar in 1979, would be "greatly missed".

"The suddenness of Robert's death has been a great shock and we are grateful for the many messages of sympathy and support," the chambers said.

"The finest of advocates and gentlemen, Robert was an inspirational role model for those around him.

"His humanity, boundless talent and inimitable sense of humour will be greatly missed.

"Our love and thoughts are with Robert's wife Caroline and his daughters; Sophia, Ellie and Lucy."