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Tributes to James Montegriffo and Mike Crampton - young duo tragically killed in A20 car crash in Farningham

PUBLISHED: 10:40 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:45 02 May 2017

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Tributes have been paid to two young men killed in an horrific crash on the A20 in Farningham, near Dartford, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mike Crampton, keyboard player with the band The Pisdicables and friend James Montegriffo were killed and eight other people injured as a result of the smash in Eglantine Lane just after 1.20am on April 29.

Both victims, on their way to see friends in West Kingsdown, were in their 20s.

Another man was airlifted to a London hospital with serious injuries. Seven others were treated for less serious injuries.

Writing on their Facebook page, the band said: “Our keys player and best friend Mike Crampton tragically lost his life in a car accident in the early hours of yesterday morning along with his friend James Montegriffo. I can’t even begin to tell you how much we are hurting right now. We have lost our brother, an incredible and unique human who will be irreplacable to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. We love you Mike.”

Fellow band, and friends of Mr Crampton, Just Say Nay, also paid tribute.

They said: “Words cannot describe how much we are going to miss Mike Crampton. He was such a big part in all our lives and I’m positive, I haven’t met a single person that does not love this guy. He was family to us all.

“We hope that some how he can see how many of us this has gotten to, but not in that bad way. We hope that he can see how much we love him.

“Our thoughts go out to all those that Mike loves. And all those that love Mike.”

Just Say Nay posted a video of Mr Crampton singing, which can be viewed, here.

And the Gilbraltar Live Music Society, said: “Today at the May Day celebrations we couldn’t help but think of our dear friend James Montegriffo who sadly passed away this weekend.

“James was a regular in our local scene and performed quite regularly as part of Side Project. Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Police are appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who saw a black Vauxhall Insignia with a 61 registration plate being driven on the A20 from the direction of Brands Hatch towards Swanley.

A blue Citreon Berlingo van and a white VW Polo were also involved in the collision.

The road was closed in both directions until 12.30pm while an investigation was carried out at the scene.

Witnesses are asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit appeal line on 01622 798535.

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