DEVASTATED loved ones of a driver killed in a car smash have paid tribute to a “loving, kind and wonderful” man.
Nathan Horsfall, 29, died when the Peugeot 106 he was driving crashed in Burnley Road, Luddenden Foot, on Wednesday night.
He had been out buying a birthday present for his girlfriend when the accident happened.
A teenager in the front seat – named locally as Luke Smith from Luddenden Foot – suffered life-threatening injuries.
Last night the 18-year-old, who is understood to have a baby son, was fighting for his life in Leeds General Infirmary.
Nathan, a carpet fitter for Russell Flooring of Halifax and lived in Sowerby Bridge with his mum Lynn.
She said: “He was the best thing that ever happened to me.
“He was the most gentle, kind and loving son.”
His dad, Peter, said: “I don’t think anyone had a bad word to say about him. He’ll be sadly missed.”
Mr Horsfall last saw his son at around 5.30pm on Wednesday when Nathan went out to buy a present for his girlfriend, Abi Rawnsley, whose birthday was yesterday.
The couple had known each other for years and got together two months ago.
“Everyone loved him,” she said.
“His family meant everything to him and he was a brilliant boyfriend.”
Nathan’s mum said; “He was happy. He was back at work and he had a girlfriend who he loved. His life was on the up.”
Nathan had an older brother, Tim, and was uncle to six-year-old Bradley.
He was a former pupil of Warley Town Primary School and Calder High School.
Tributes have been pouring in to the Halifax Courier’s website and Facebook site.
They include “RIP Nathan, going to be missed by many, sleep tight chick xxx” and “RIP Nathan, love you mate”.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at 8pm on Wednesday.
The Peugeot 106 was travelling towards Halifax when it spun across the carriageway into the path of an oncoming Volkswagen Passat and hitting a wall.
Firefighters had to cut Nathan and Luke from the car.
A Ford Mondeo was also damaged but was not part of the collision.
Anyone with any information should contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047.