Jesus College ChapelGraeme Churchard

Reverend Dr John Hughes, Dean of Jesus College Chapel, has been killed in a car accident, the college's Master has announced. Hughes, a fellow and former undergraduate of the college, who matriculated in 1997, "will be deeply missed" according to Professor Ian White, who broke the news of his death on the college website and social media this morning. 

Hughes was praised as "both an outstanding academic who inspired the students he taught, and a faithful priest and pastor who touched profoundly all those with whom he came into contact." Tributes have poured in online, with past and present students of the college remembering Hughes fondly and offering condolences to his family. 

Hughes was involved in a collision on the A10 in a blue Toyota Yaris, which he was driving. The Toyota is thought to have collided with a grey Volvo at a junction at around 5pm yesterday. Two other people in the Toyota received serious but not life-threatening injuries, as the car appears to have been badly damaged by fire after the impact.

In the official announcement, Professor White promised to provide details of Hughes's funeral and memorial arrangements so that college members can pay their respects.