TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved Hailsham dad who was killed in a late night car crash on the A27 near Selmeston.
Michael Ronald Davies, 53, known as Mick, of Bowley Road was found dead at the scene of the accident, after his van hit a tree at around 9.30pm on Thursday night, March 17.
Police said the 53-year-old’s white Citroen Berlingo van was travelling west between Charleston Farm House and Middle Farm when it collided with a tree, leaving him with fatal injuries.
Nobody else was involved in the accident, say police.
The A27 was closed in both directions for more than four hours until 2.07am following the crash, as emergency services recovered the body and cleared the road.
A baker, who owned his own businesses in Orpington, Mr Davies joined Tesco Extra in Hastings as the bakery manager when the store first opened in December 2008.
Tesco duty manager Gavin Hoskins, 52, said staff at the branch were “numb” after hearing the news.
“Mr Davies opened this store as bakery manager with us. He was a very well-loved man.
“He had time for everyone and he would do anything to help anybody out,” he told the Gazette.
“It came as a massive shock to us all last week when we found out.
“We have a flip board with a photograph of him in the staff reception area.
“He was the life and soul of the party. He was very friendly and jovial, nothing was too much trouble for him.
He will be sorely missed. It is a great loss, our thoughts are with his family,” he added.
An inquest into Mr Davies’ death was opened and adjourned by Eastbourne Coroner’s Court on Friday March 18.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have seen the vehicle in the area prior to the collision is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Idehurst.