Friends and family pay tribute to dad killed in Tunstall crash

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flower tributes to Tunstall dadFamily and friends have been leaving tributes for a young dad killed in a car accident in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

Shaun Hodgkinson died after he was in collision with a taxi on High Street, in Sandyford.

The death of the 26-year-old, of Holly Lane, Sandyford, has stunned  neighbours and the local community.

In a statement, his family said: “Our family is devastated by the loss of Shaun.

“He was a great son, brother, partner and father. He will be greatly be missed by all who knew him.

“We ask that our privacy be protected until we come to terms with our loss.”

Flowers have been left at the scene with various messages in his memory.

One read: “To Daddy, we love you lots and lots, to the moon and back. You’re the best daddy anyone could wish for. Big hugs and lots of kisses, Love from your baby girls.”

Another said: “Prayers and thoughts go out to all the family, thinking of you all R.I.P Shaun, Love Sharon, Nick and Family.”

“Dear Shaun, we are going to miss you pal, save me a Jack Daniels wherever you are,” read a third.

“Shaun, taken from us never forgotten mate ever, top man, god bless.”

Shaun died at the scene of the collision which involved a Toyota Avensis taxi belonging to City Centre Taxis.

The taxi was carrying passengers home following a night out when the incident happened.

A City Centre Taxis spokesman said: “This is a tragic thing to have happened and my heart goes out to his family. Nothing like this has ever happened before. We’re working closely with the police.”

PC Paul Hargreaves, of Staffordshire Police Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who was on their way home in the Tunstall and Sandyford areas at around 4am yesterday (Sunday October 27).

“We have completed a very detailed examination of the scene and we have seized the car involved for further examination.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 175 of 27 October 2013.

A 41-year-old man has been bailed following arrest and further inquiries are pending to a date in December.

(Additional reporting by Rosalie Watts)

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