This is the shocking moment a highway maintenance lorry left a family ‘in tears’ after it broke up their ‘amazing’ grandfather’s funeral procession and tailgated the hearse.
Half a dozen vehicles and three motorbikes drove up the A16 near Spalding, Lincolnshire on Friday on the way to David Stubbs’ funeral.
But as his daughter Linzi, 36, her mother and her two children fought back the tears on the way to the crematorium, they could not believe their eyes when they saw the lorry pull out in front of one of the funeral cars.
Ms Stubbs, of Holbeach St Marks, branded the driver a ‘disrespectful b******’.
Half a dozen vehicles and three motorbikes drove up the A16 near Spalding, Lincolnshire on Friday on the way to David Stubbs’ funeral. But as his daughter Linzi, 36, her mother and her two children fought back the tears on the way to the creamtorium, they could not believe their eyes when they saw the lorry (pictured) pull out in front of one of the funeral cars
The highways vehicle (pictured) then overtook one of the vehicles and tailgated the hearse
She said: ‘I was angry and upset because I wanted to follow my dad on his last journey.
‘My mum was with me, as were my two children and ex-partner – we just couldn’t believe it.
‘He pulled out at the McDonald ‘s Roundabout into a gap and he was tailgating.
‘We were coming up to another roundabout and it would have taken him two minutes to turn around, but he didn’t.
‘He was so close to the hearse – I found it disrespectful.
‘He then overtook the hearse – it was unbelievable really.
‘I just hope this makes people think before they do it: that family is obviously going through hell at the moment.’
Her father, a 67-year-old retired engineer, died after a two-year battle with bladder cancer.
Mr Stubbs’ daughter Linzi (pictured centre), 36, her mother (second left with David Stubbs left) and her two children were left in tears at the driver’s ‘disrespectful’ behaviour
She described him as ‘her hero’ and an ‘amazing man’.
He was also a musician and got involved in raising money with charity Youth Cancer Trust after losing his son to a brain tumour two years ago.
The mother-of-two said: ‘He had been raising money for the Youth Cancer Trust, which helps youngsters and organises holidays.
‘They said he was a legend in their own back yard.
‘Nobody had a bad word to say about him.’
Furious with what had happened, she posted pictures of the maintenance lorry on Facebook.
She wrote: ‘I’m typing this in tears that this road maintenance truck was so disrespectful yesterday !
‘Not only did he pull out at the roundabout in front of us ( we was in a black limo) as we was following my beloved dad in the hearse but then continued to drive very close to my dad before over taking!
‘U disrespectful b##### !!!!!!! Hopefully when it’s your turn to be in the box they will drop you !!!!! I will be reporting u!!!’
David Stubbs (pictured), a 67-year-old retired grandfather, died after a two-year battle with bladder cancer
Responding to the post, Brian Collins, who said he was the limousine driver transporting the family, said: ‘I’m so sorry this happened. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do when this happens.
‘It seems to happen most of the time these days.
‘Hardly anyone seems to have respect for a funeral procession these days, but normally lorry drivers are the first to give way.
‘Please find it in your hearts to give way if it is safe to do so.’
Lincolnshire County Council investigated the incident, but a spokesman told Lincolnshire Live it was not one of their vehicles.
The local authority said it ‘uses all sorts of people to carry out work on their behalf’.
The Highways Agency told MailOnline the vehicle did not belong to them.
Despite the unfortunate start to the day, the service turned out well.
Around 300 people descended on the village to pay their respects to the popular Holbeach man.