Tributes to HGV driver 'with a heart of gold' after tree crash
TRIBUTES have been paid to a young lorry driver with "a heart of gold" who died after his car hit a tree.
Stephen Hallam was left fighting for his life after the Ford Focus he was driving careered off Ashbourne Road, Rocester, last Thursday.
The 23-year-old, of Mayfield, near Ashbourne, was cut free from the wreckage and taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, but he died on Saturday night.
Police said Mr Hallam's family were too upset to speak about their loss.
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A tribute page has been set up on social networking website Facebook with scores of tributes to Mr Hallam, a former pupil at Thomas Alleyne's High School, in Uttoxeter.
Aimee Rushton wrote: "A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest, God broke our hearts to prove, he only takes the best."
And friend Tasha Ball posted: "Still can't believe you're gone, will never forget you and that amazing smile that could light up any room. Keep remembering all the good times at school and in Mayfield xxxxx."
Friends contributing to the website wrote about Mr Hallam's generous nature.
Lynette Tomlinson said: "I know I hadn't known you long, Steve, but in the short time I did you were one of the nicest, kindest, genuine people I could of ever met."
Sam Clowes, from Ashbourne, said: "RIP Stephen, we weren't close mates but I will miss you all the same.
"One of the most genuine nicest people I've ever had the pleasure to meet."
And Kathryn Betts wrote: "You were so kind, always listened and knew just what to say. I know I used to moan about you talking about lorries but I'd do anything to hear you talk about Stobbart, love you so much."
Any witnesses to the collision, at 9.50pm, are asked to call Sgt Ian Tanner on 101, quoting incident number 782 of November 22.