Tributes were last night being paid to a devoted dad who died when his car crashed into a tree.
The 38-year-old, who has been named locally as Dave Jones, was killed in the smash which happened in Amble, Northumberland, on Saturday evening.
It is thought Mr Jones, who worked at the Black Bull pub in Warkworth, had been on his way home when his Seat Ibiza left the A1068.
The tragedy was one of three serious accidents on the region’s roads this weekend, and is now being investigated by police.
Last night Mr Jones’ heartbroken loved ones took to Facebook to express their shock and disbelief as messages of condolence also flooded in for his family.
Cherene Barrowcliffe wrote: “I was hoping so much that it was all just a bad dream. Can’t describe how I’m feeling because I honestly don’t know. David is one hell of an amazing son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle and an amazing husband and dad that has gone way too soon.”
And his brother Rob said: “Love you miss you. Why did you have to leave love you bro.”
Mr Jones was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash, which happened at around 6.35pm.
Officers from Northumbria Police’s motor patrols unit are now investigating what caused the collision and appealing for witnesses.
The dad is originally from Middleton near Oldham in Greater Manchester, but lived in Northumberland with his wife Michelle, a chef at an Amble restaurant, and their young son.
Meanwhile police are also probing a smash in North Tyneside which left a female motorist with serious injuries.
The 55-year-old was driving a Ford Fiesta which was involved in a collision with another car on the A19, near Holystone, at around 5.15pm on Saturday.
She was taken to hospital and a 38-year-old woman has been arrested and questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving.
And in another unrelated incident, a female driver had to be cut free from her car after it collided with a hedge in Plawsworth, near Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
She was taken to hospital following the collision at around 9.15am yesterday.
This weekend’s crashes come as new figures reveal that the North East’s roads saw he sharpest rise in people killed or seriously injured in the country last year.
The number of deaths and casualties rose by 8% to 919 in 2012, according to research by the Department for Transport.
Anyone with any information about the collisions in North Tyneside and Northumberland should call Northumbria Police on 101.