A 25-year-old man killed in a devastating car crash was “loved by everyone who met him,” his family says.
Support worker Paul Hayes, 25, died after a car he was a passenger in collided with a private hire taxi in West Derby at 1am yesterday.
Paul’s family also said they were praying for his girlfriend Lauren, 19, who was also a passenger in the car and was taken to hospital in a critical condition following the horror crash.
A statement from the family read: “Beloved son of mum Sharon, stepdad Tony, and brother James,” reports the Liverpool ECHO.
It continued: “Paul Dylan Hayes was 25 years old. He was loved by everyone who met him. Paul was a support worker for people with mental health conditions.
He made a great impact on all the people he supported and his colleagues, and was a great friend.
“He was a ‘Laid-back Larry’. Nothing ever fazed him, and he lived his life to the fullest. He was a beloved Liverpool fan.
We are praying for his girlfriend Lauren who is still in a critical condition. Our thoughts are with Lauren’s parents at this time.”
Merseyside Police said yesterday that the driver of the Ford Fiesta vehicle Paul had been passenger in, a 25-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and later transferred to hospital for treatment.
Cards left at the scene yesterday showed the impact of the crash on the residents and witnesses who battled to save Paul and Lauren.
One message said: “Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. We did try and do all that we could. So sorry for your loss.”
Another said: “With all my love and sympathy. I was at the scene and I will never forget what I seen. I didn’t know you but may you R.I.P and shine like a diamond.”
One neighbour told the ECHO: “I was up watching telly and heard this massive smash. I went out straightaway.
“The Fiesta was on its side, and the taxi was still rolling back. One of my neighbours is a medic and he had climbed into the Fiesta
“I saw him trying to help the young woman who was still inside the car.
The lad who died was trapped under the Fiesta.”
Another neighbour said that driver of the Fiesta was very distressed after the crash.
She said: “He was hysterical and had some blood on his trousers. I heard him shouting some stuff. He was led away by police.
“I think the girl was in a very bad way. I feel so sorry for them – that a night out with friends ended that way.”
Merseyside Roads Policing Sergeant Ged Farley said to the ECHO: “This is clearly a tragic incident in which a man has sadly lost his life and others have been injured.
“Specialist officers will be supporting the victim’s family and all of those affected as we seek to discover exactly what happened.
“We know that people saw or heard this collision and at this early stage, we want to speak to all of them, including anyone who was passing by at the time or immediately before, and could have captured vital evidence on vehicle dashcam or home CCTV.”