Croydon tram crash: Victim Mark Smith an 'amazing father'

Croydon tram crash: Victim Mark Smith an 'amazing father'

The fianc?e of one of the Croydon tram crash victims has said he was an "amazing father" and she "would give up everything to hold and kiss him again".

Mark Smith, 35, was described by his family as a devoted father to his 18-month old son and a "loving, caring, kind, loyal and popular young man".

The glazier from Croydon, south London, was on his way to work when the tram derailed on Wednesday.

Five other men and a woman also died in the crash, and 50 people were injured.

The driver of the tram, Alfred Dorris, 42, from Beckenham, south-east London, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. He has been released on bail until May.


The tram has been removed from the site and taken away to be checked by investigators.

Officials have said the Wimbledon-bound tram was travelling at a "significantly higher speed than is permitted" as it entered a tight bend before flipping on to its side and sliding.

Croydon tram crash: Victim Mark Smith an 'amazing father'

Dane Chinnery, 19, Philip Logan, 52, Phil Seary, 57, Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, and Robert Huxley, 63, who all lived in New Addington and Donald Collett, 62, from Croydon also died in the crash.

"Mark was my lover, my best friend, my everything. He was, and still is, an amazing dad to our little boy," said his partner Indre Novikovaite.

"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 said: "A star that shines twice as bright only shines for half its life, that was our Mark, a son we were very proud of."

They added: "He touched many lives through the passage of his too-short life. His loss has devastated us all."

Croydon tram crash: Victim Mark Smith an 'amazing father'

Croydon tram crash: Victim Mark Smith an 'amazing father'

On Sunday, Mr Huxley's family described him as "larger than life" and a "loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many. He was also a lifelong Chelsea supporter and a season ticket holder.

"This tragedy will have far reaching consequences and impact many people for a significant time. We are all heartbroken."

Mr Collett's family said they were "struggling to deal with this tragic news".

"Don was a well loved, funny and generous man, who could light up a room with his smile. He is tragically leaving behind a loving family, partner, adored friends and work colleagues," they said in a statement.

The family of Mr Logan said he would be "immensely missed by all that knew him".

"He was a true family man and generous friend to all with a magnificently dry sense of humour," they said.

Croydon tram crash: Victim Mark Smith an 'amazing father'

On Remembrance Sunday, the victims' names were read out in the town's annual commemoration service.

Transport for London (TfL) said work on repairing the track was nearly complete and trams may start running between East Croydon and Harrington Road, Addington Village and Elmers End later on Monday.

A crowdfunding website set up by Croydon Council in the wake of the derailment has so far raised more than ?12,000 to help the families of the victims.



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