Trib­utes to man killed in road crash tragedy

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TRIB­UTES have been paid to a young dad who died when a car he was in crashed into a wall. Christo­pher James, 29, of Rawten­stall, was pro­nounced dead at the scene fol­low­ing the smash on Hasling­den Road, in the town at around 3am on Sun­day.

A sec­ond man, aged 26, suf­fered back and wrist in­juries in the col­li­sion, but his in­juries are not be­lieved to be lifethreat­en­ing.

Chris’s fam­ily de­scribed him as a ‘love­able rogue with a cheeky smile and a mis­chievous sense of hu­mour’. In a state­ment they said: “Christo­pher was a much-loved hus­band, fa­ther, son, brother and grand­son.

“He would do any­thing for his wide cir­cle of friends and fam­ily, es­pe­cially his five-year-old son, Lo­gan, to who he was en­tirely de­voted.” Close friend Jake Sta­bles, 26, from Bacup, said for­mer Hasling­den High pupil Chris was like a brother to him and they shared a pas­sion for cars and were both reg­u­lars in the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel in Hasling­den.

He said: “If you go in the Com­mer­cial ev­ery sin­gle per­son in there knew him.”

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a young dad who trag­i­cally died af­ter a car hit a wall.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to Hasling­den Road, in Rawten­stall, at around 3am on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

Christo­pher James, who was 29 and from Rawten­stall, was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A sec­ond man, aged 26, suf­fered back and wrist in­juries in the col­li­sion. These are not be­lieved to be life-threat­en­ing.

Chris’ fam­ily de­scribed him as a ‘love­able rogue with a cheeky smile and a mis­chievous sense of hu­mour’.

In a state­ment they said: “Christo­pher was a much loved hus­band, fa­ther, son, brother and grand­son. He was a love­able rogue with a cheeky smile and a mis­chievous sense of hu­mour.

“He would do any­thing for his wide cir­cle of friends and fam­ily, es­pe­cially his five-year-old son, Lo­gan, to who he was en­tirely de­voted. He was pas­sion­ate about sports cars and he was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to cruise events at Traf­ford Park and the Drag Strip at Santa Pod.

Most of all, he was a light in our lives and he will be very sorely missed.”

Close friend Jake Sta­bles, 26, from Bacup, said for­mer Hasling­den High pupil Chris was like a brother to him and they shared a pas­sion for fast cars and were both regu- lars in the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel in Hasling­den.

He said: “I have known him a cou­ple of years but spent ev­ery day of my life with him and his son.

“He loved his fam­ily. If you go in the Com­mer­cial ev­ery sin­gle per­son in there knew him. That was our lo­cal pub.”

Chris’ dis­traught mum Joanne Green­wood re­vealed he had died in a mes­sage to her Face­book fol­low­ers on Sun­day.

Joanne posted: “It’s with a heavy heart that to­day my gor­geous son Chris James has left us.

“He was taken far too soon. RIP sweet­heart miss u loads. Mum x”

Beau­ti­ful flo­ral trib­utes to Chris have also been left at the crash scene from dev­as­tated fam­ily and friends.

One read: ‘ A gen­uine guy gone way too soon. You’ll be missed by all. RIP Chris, Han­nah and Michael’.

An­other said: ‘R.I.P. Chris my dar­ling son whose life has been taken too soon, love you al­ways. Mum and Jon x’

A Go Fund Me do­na­tion page has been set up to raise funds for Chris’s fu­neral. It has so far raised £525 of a £1,000 tar­get.

Lan­cashire Po­lice said the Citroen C2 - which col­lided with a stone wall - was dis­cov­ered by a passer-by. The force is now ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward quot­ing in­ci­dent ref­er­ence 193 of Oc­to­ber 21.

Sgt Oliver Jones said: “This is an in­cred­i­bly sad in­ci­dent and my thoughts are with Christo­pher’s fam­ily who are be­ing sup­ported by our of­fi­cers.

“If you saw a Citroen C2 be­ing driven along Hasling­den Road around that time or you have any in­for­ma­tion you think can help, please get in touch.

“I am par­tic­u­larly ask­ing peo­ple to come for­ward with any dash cam or CCTV footage.”

Pre­ston Coro­ners Court said no in­quest date has been set yet.

l● Christo­pher James and flo­ral trib­utes at the scene

Christo­pher James, 29, died af­ter a car crashed into a wall on Sun­day. Be­low, flo­ral trib­utes on Hasling­den Road, Rawten­stall.

Wit­ness ap­peal near scene of crash

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