A NISSAN worker was killed as he made his way to the job he loved.
Robert Blakey, 27, pictured, died when his car hit a tree on his way to Nissan at Sunderland, where he worked in the car maker’s bodyshop.
The accident happened on the A697 near Longframlington, as Robert was travelling to work the night shift.
His mother Eileen, and his sister Mykel, told how working at the factory had been Robert’s “dream job” and how it “made his day the day he got it”.
Mykel, 34, said her brother had “bounded out of the house his usual self,” on the night of the crash.
His family said that although his contract with Nissan was coming to an end, Robert was “looking forward” to it being renewed.
Eileen, of Alnwick, said: “He was a lovely boy, a lovable boy and everyone loved him.
“He is a huge hole in the family’s life from now on.”
The 61-year-old, a former Mayor of Alnwick, added: “It is hard to envision life in the future without him.”
Robert was born in Ashington and grew up at Whittingham, in Northumberland, with his mum and dad David, 65, – with whom he still lived at Tower Side – sisters Mykel and Jacqui, 33, and brother Richard, 28.
His girlfriend Rachel Ashley was said to be devastated by his death.
Relatives said Robert loved working with cars, and attended touring events at Crofts circuit, in Yorkshire.
He also drove his dream cars, a Mitsubishi Evo and a Subaru Impreza, on a track there.
As well as the River 25 he was driving when he died, Robert had a Toyota Celica he was restoring.
No one from Nissan was available for comment.
Northumbria Police are still appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash, on Monday night, to contact them on 101.