Amble car crash: Mum of Dave Jones pays tribute to her son

Dave Jones died instantly after his car skidded on ice and careered into a tree in Amble, Northumberland, on Saturday night

Dave Jones with wife Michelle
Dave Jones with wife Michelle

The mum of a doting dad killed as he drove home from work has paid tribute to her son.

Dave Jones died instantly after his car skidded on ice and careered into a tree in Amble, Northumberland, on Saturday night.

The 38-year-old, who was the assistant manager at the Black Bull pub in Warkworth, had been on his way home when tragedy struck.

And last night his mum, Marion, paid tribute to her eldest son.

The 59-year-old said: “I’m devastated, I can’t believe it. I just want him back.

“David was hard-working, loving and respectful. He had lots and lots of friends and was the life and soul of any party.

“He was very well-known and we’ve had so many people visit us here to pay their respects. He’ll be sadly missed.”

Dave, who grew up in Greater Manchester, moved to the North East 10 years ago and lived with his wife Michelle and their 15-month-old son Jack, in Amble.

He lost control of his Seat Ibiza not far from his home, at around 6.30pm on Saturday.

The car ploughed into a large tree, and Dave was pronounced dead at the scene.

When the devastating news was delivered to his family in Middleton, near Oldham, his mum suffered a heart attack.

“I had a mild heart attack when I found out,” said Marion. “I have heart problems, I had a quadruple bypass six years ago and all the stress set it off.”

Marion, who has three other sons, was taken to North Manchester General Hospital for treatment but checked herself out after a night because she wanted to be at her home with her family.

Today his family are due to travel to Northumberland to help plan his funeral, which is due to take place next week.

A growing collection of flowers now marks the spot where Dave died.

One poignant heart-shaped tribute reads simply reads: “I love you dad.”

Marion added: “He doted on his son and his wife.

“He loved them so much. His baby was his world. They had been trying for seven years and finally it happened.”

Dave also leaves dad Eric, 55, and three brothers Andrew, 35, Robert, 31, and Mark, 30.

His brothers have all had a tattoo on their hands saying: “RIP David 9.11.13”.

The crash is still being investigated.

Witnesses should call Northumbria Police on 101.

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