Family pays tribute to father following fatal car crash

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Tributes have been paid to a family man from Northamptonshire who died following a car crash which has left his daughter in a serious condition in hospital.

Jamie Collins, 34, from Apollo Close on the Timken estate in Daventry, died after his car was in collision with a van on the A361 near the Newnham/Staverton crossroads.

Also in the car was his 16-year-old daughter, Skye, who remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Mr Collins had been engaged to Tracy Wilding for almost two years, and had set a date for their wedding of July 5 this year.

As well as Skye, Mr Collins was also a dad to Summer, 13, and Theo, four.

Miss Wilding said: “Jamie was funny, full of life and could light up a room when he came in. There was never a dull moment when he was around. He was a big practical joker.

“Jamie was very caring and he loved his children and was brilliant with them.

“He was the most genuine person you could meet and he was amazing.

“I am devastated by his death. There are no words to describe it.

“He liked his football and was a big Leicester City fan. He also trained regularly.

“Jamie was through and through Daventry and had so many friends here. Lots of people have been posting messages on Facebook since Saturday.”

Mr Collins’ mother, Lyn, spoke on behalf of herself and his brothers, Mark and Shane, father Mark, and nan, Daisy.

She said: “Jamie was a wonderful son, partner, father, brother, grandson and uncle.

“He had a heart of gold, always had time for people and would do anything for anyone.

“He always lit up a room with his charm, personality, wit and smile. He will never be forgotten. I will always love you son.”

‘He had a great sense of humour’ said other relatives of Mr Collins, after Saturday’s fatal accident.

Miss Wilding’s mother, Maureen Mason, said: “He was a friend of the family for around 20 years, that’s how Tracy met him. They have been together seven years, and got engaged nearly two years ago. They had set the date for their wedding for July, and it’s heartbreaking now to have to cancel things.”

In recent years, Mr Collins was self employed as a pipe fitter working on sprinkler installations.

Mr Collins was driving his daughter, Skye, to work, at The Windmill pub in Badby, when the collision occurred.

The police, fire service, a road and two air ambulances were called to the scene. The air ambulance took Mr Collins to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire where he later died from his injuries.

The WNAA also said Skye sustained head and abdominal injuries in the collision. She was anaesthetised before being flown to the same hospital. Doctors then put her into an induced coma due to the nature of her injuries. Yesterday, she remained in a serious condition.

The passenger in the VW Transporter, a 25-year-old woman, was also taken to hospital with suspected back and neck injuries.