The family of a tragic Uttoxeter dad found dead in his car while his daughter lay injured in the backseat, are desperate to meet and thank the cyclists who found the wreckage.
William Marren, 25, was discovered in his car by the side of the B5030 Ashbourne Road at Crakemarsh, by two cyclists on Sunday morning (November 1).
The cyclists raised the alarm after spotting the wrecked black Ford Fiesta lying in a ditch.
Mr Marren’s five-year-old daughter, Jessica, who was trapped in the car with her father’s body, was freed by paramedics and treated for abdominal and back pain.
The father-of-two’s family said in a statement: “We would particularly like to extend a special thank you to the two cyclists who discovered the car on Sunday morning.
“We hope we will be able to meet them to thank them personally.
“William was a young man with his whole life ahead of him.
“He worked really hard to support his family and adored his two little girls, Jessica and Freya.
“He was the partner of Lucie and also the loving son of Carl and Julie and brother of Kieran and Alex.
“William had a kind-hearted, positive and fun personality.
“He was an experienced driver, having passed his driving test seven years ago and a keen sportsman.
“If he had been able to, he would have worked seven days a week.
“His loss leaves a huge gap in all our lives and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
“We want to thank everyone for their kind messages, flowers and support at this very difficult time.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said that Jessica had been lying in the car injured “for some time.”
Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident.