Croydon tram crash victim 'an amazing dad'


Croydon tram crash victim 'an amazing dad'

A man killed in the Croydon tram crash has been described by his fiancee as an “amazing dad” and "the best thing that happened in our lives".

Mark Smith, 35, who worked as a glazier, died with five other men and one woman after the tram left the track during the morning rush hour on Wednesday.

He is survived by his 18-month-old son and his fiancee, Indre Novikovaite, who said he would be "in our hearts forever and ever". 


Croydon tram crash victim 'an amazing dad'

She said: "Mark was my lover, my best friend, my everything. He was, and still is, an amazing dad to our little boy.

"We would give up everything to hold and kiss him again. We love you to the moon and back, you are the best thing that happened in our lives."

In a statement, Mr Smith's family described the 35-year-old's death as a "soul-destroying event".

They said he was a "loving, caring, kind, loyal and popular young man" who "touched many lives".


Croydon tram crash victim 'an amazing dad'

More than 50 people were injured in the south London crash, which happened after the tram went round a sharp bend.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and questioned by police before being bailed until May.

The wreckage has been removed and is being examined by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, which is set to publish an interim report into the crash this week.


Croydon tram crash victim 'an amazing dad'

RAIB chief inspector Simon French will appear before MPs on the Transport Select Committee this afternoon in a session on rail safety where he is likely to face questions about the tragedy.

Investigators, who are looking into whether the driver fell asleep, said the tram was travelling at a "significantly higher speed than is permitted".

Detectives are also examining a report that a tram "lifted onto one side" at 40mph in the same area on 31 October.


Croydon tram crash victim 'an amazing dad'


Video: Passenger describes Croydon tram near miss

Scaffolder Shaun Rogers, who was on the tram, told Sky News he felt it "lift up from the side" as it went round a corner.

British Transport Police said the claim "will now form one of our lines of inquiry".

Meanwhile, the family of Robert Huxley have paid tribute to the "larger than life" 63-year-old who was also killed in the crash.


Croydon tram crash victim 'an amazing dad'

In a statement, they said: "Bob was a larger than life character and very hardworking. A loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many."

Mother-of-two Dorota Rynkiewicz, grandfather Philip Seary, Dane Chinnery, Philip Logan and Donald Collett also died in the crash.



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