Tributes for A39 crash victim 21-year-old Lanlivery father Dom Christophers
TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular 21-year-old father from Lanlivery who was killed in a car crash on Monday morning.
Dominic Christophers was travelling on the A39 between Truro and Falmouth when his Ford Focus was involved in a collision with a Mercedes van.
Emergency services attended the scene but despite their efforts they were unable to save the former Fowey Community College student.
Following the tragedy, tributes have been pouring in as friends and loved ones pay their respects.
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Mr Christophers, a father of one, who grew up in Lanlivery, has been described by friends as a popular young man.
News of the tragedy has rocked the close-knit community, where his mother, Wendy, is a parish councillor and works as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for St Austell.
Sally Vincent, Lanlivery Parish Council clerk, said: “The whole village is in shock that such a young life has been taken.”
She said their thoughts were with his mother Wendy, Dominic’s brother, and the rest of the family at this difficult time.
Parish councillor Sue Turner also extended her condolences.
She said he was a lovely boy who had been part of a big group of boys that had grown up together and remained in contact even now. “It’s an absolute tragedy,” she said.
Nigel Dawes, assistant head teacher at Fowey Community College, paid tribute to the former pupil who he said was popular with students and teachers.
“He was one of those really likeable young men who had that happy knack of just getting on with everyone and everything,” he said.
“He always had a smile on his face, took part in all the sports he could and just enjoyed himself.
“Dom was a chip off the old block and was a lovely bubbly character.
“He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.”
The school said its thoughts were with Dominic’s family.
Friends of the self-employed contractor took to
social media sites to pay tribute to the father of one.
Posting on Twitter, Aidan Killen said it was awful news. He said: “RIP Dom Christophers, always had a smile on his face when I saw him. Thoughts are with his friends and family.”
Also on Twitter Scott Laughton paid his respects, describing Dom as a “top lad”.
On Facebook, more than 1,000 people have joined a tribute page. in memory of him.
Dozens of pictures of him have been posted on the page accompanied by heartfelt messages from friends and loved ones.
Stacie Common said: “Sleep tight mate. Such a joy and pleasure to have known and to have worked with you, always a happy chap.”
Julie Tugwell said: “RIP Dom. Such a tragedy for someone so young, and a lovely guy.” Thinking of his family at this heart-breaking time.”
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident, which took place at approximately 9.30am on Monday morning, to come forward.
Mr Christophers had not been formally identified at the time the Cornish Guardian went to press. Anybody with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.