The family of a 27-year-old man who died in a car crash in Newquay on Saturday have said a special place will always be kept in their hearts for him.
Tom Robins, from the Penzance area, lost control of the white Peugeot 306 he was driving and collided with a tree on the Gannel Road, near Tregunnel Hill, at around 2.40am.
He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro, but died later from his injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.
His family have released a poem through Devon and Cornwall police, paying tribute to him.
It reads: “When we lose a loved one and sorrow fills our hearts
“Comfort comes in memories that will never depart
“No matter how life changes no matter what we do
“A special place within our hearts will always be kept for you."
Dozens of flowers and cards have been placed at the scene of the accident.
One card left at the scene, written by Mr Robins’ “brother” Tone, reads: “A great man taken too soon. We had some laughs brother, jumping and bike-riding together. You made a room glow with your cheeky smile and infectious laugh we will never get to see again. Your love for life and laughter was one in a million you will never be replaced or forgotten. A living legend. Love now and always.”
A framed tribute, written by his mother and father, states: “To our darling boy. RIP. You will always have a place in our hearts.”
The accident has led police to issue a road safety warning.
Sergeant Emma Fox, of Newquay police’s neighbourhood team, said there had been a number of road accidents in the past two weeks, many of which could have been avoided with “appropriate care”.
Factors such as speed, distractions from children and mobile telephones, and not wearing a seatbelt are often the “catalysts for collisions”, she said.
She added: “The large volume of road accidents in the last two weeks is a reminder to us all how powerful vehicles are and the attention and care that is needed by drivers to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads.”