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Road safety expert Will Murray dies

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Tributes have been paid to road safety expert Will Murray, who died suddenly from an undiagnosed illness at the weekend.

Throughout his career as an international occupational road safety expert, Murray, who was research director for eDriving Fleet, had seen more than a million drivers benefit from the results of his work.

Andy Cuerden, managing director of eDriving Fleet, said: "Our relationship with Will and his family extends over 20 exciting years. 

"Yet even those of you who knew him only a short time or interacted with him briefly at a conference no doubt came away recognising the complex and compassionate genius he was.

"Everyone who came in contact with Will always enjoyed every minute they spent with him. His charisma and congeniality were unrivalled and his passion for our industry and saving lives was palpable in every conversation."

Cuerden added: "Throughout his accomplished career as an international occupational road safety expert, Will was motivated by a relentless passion for helping clients measure and maximise the impact of their safety programmes.

"It all started with our groundbreaking research study in the mid-1990s in partnership with Will while he was at the University of Huddersfield in the UK.

"As a direct result of Will’s efforts, fleet managers could accurately predict a driver’s risk and the related likelihood of being involved in a collision – a breakthrough in fleet risk reduction that allowed fleet managers to proactively intervene with training and support to help prevent collisions ahead of time."

In July, Murray completed a bike ride from London to Paris to raise money for Brake’s road safety and sustainable mobility efforts. 

He leaves a wife, Marie, and sons Sam and Joe.   

Details will be forthcoming regarding funeral arrangements.

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  • Diarmuid Fahy - 06/12/2016 22:28

    Very, very sad news. Will was one of the greatest forces for good in road safety, and will be very missed.

  • Mark Cartwright - 07/12/2016 11:46

    So sad - all round good guy and did so much good in our industry. Let's keep his legacy going...

  • Graham Ellis - 07/12/2016 12:05

    I knew Will many years ago when he was at Huddersfield and he was a great bloke who was passionate about his subject. He was always affable and very helpful. He will be sorely missed. Graham Ellis. Ellis Transport Services.

  • Sarah Woolley - 07/12/2016 12:15

    Sad news, my thoughts are with Will's family at home and at eDriving Fleet. The industry has lost one of its great minds and a genuinely lovely person.

  • Julie Davies - 07/12/2016 12:39

    I have been to many a conference where Will was a speaker, I found him inspiring, his knowledge and presence in the industry will be missed.

  • Nina Hughes - 07/12/2016 13:11

    Such sad news, having worked with Will for a number of years he became a great part of our extended team, giving advice and help whenever we needed it in order to help others, he will be truly missed by us all. xx

  • Alison Moriarty - 07/12/2016 20:14

    Not only an inspirational advocate of road safety but a lovely man and a warm and caring friend. My heart is slightly broken Will, I already you miss you but your friends will make sure that you are never forgotten xxx

  • Malcolm Maycock - 08/12/2016 10:08

    Great bloke and I know all his family and friends will be extremely proud of his wonderful achievements. My heart goes out to them at this very sad time.

  • aidanr - 08/12/2016 11:58

    Very nice man - always a pleasure to work with. Top professional who was a tireless promoter of road safety best practice. Very sad news - thoughts go out to his family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

  • Andy F - 09/12/2016 10:32

    Couldn't agree more with all of the above comments. A true gent, inspirational and dedicated to road safety. A sad loss for us all.

  • Richard Hill - 12/12/2016 12:51

    Dreadfully sad news about a lovely man and incredible ambassador for road safety. Thoughts are with family and colleagues.

  • Dennis Butterworth - 13/12/2016 09:27

    Extremely sad news, I first met and worked with Will in the early days at Huddersfield University. Proud memories of a true professional.

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