A 25-year-old man whose was found dead in a crashed car alongside his injured five-year-old daughter in Uttoxeter, has been named as Will Marren.
The father-of-two, of Broomyclose Lane, Stramshall, Uttoxeter, was found on the B5030 Ashbourne Road at Crakemarsh.
His daughter Jessica was found injured in the backseat of the black Ford Fiesta, which was discovered by two cyclists in a ditch.
It’s believed the car had left the road and ploughed into a tree in foggy conditions.
Mr Marren, also father to Freya, aged four, leaves behind his parents Carl and Julie Marren and brothers Alex and Kieran, who are being supported by specially trained officers.
A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said the car had suffered “considerable damage” and “appeared to have been there for some time”.
He said: “On arrival, crews found a car in a ditch. It was very foggy at the time.
“Unfortunately, it was immediately obvious the man driving had passed away.
“A five-year-old girl was found in the back of the car.
“She was complaining of abdominal and back pain.
“After being fully assessed on the back of the ambulance, she was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”
Mr Marren had worked as a deputy team leader at Pym and Wildsmith metal finishers in Uttoxeter for the past 18 months.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Will Marren was a likeable and decent young man.
“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.
“He will be sadly missed by his friends and colleagues at Pym and Wildsmith.”
Mr Marren’s former employers, Hyperion Electrical Contractors, posted a tribute to him on Facebook.
It read: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic death of Will Marren.
“Will only worked for us briefly and was recently asked to return but was a very hard worker and very well liked by all staff.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family and friends.”
The crash happened at around 9.30am on Sunday, November 1.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit (CIU) continue to investigate the circumstances of the collision, including the time it occurred.
“Anyone with any information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 300 of November 1.”