Tributes to Sunderland fan killed in HGV crash

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A FAMILY has been left shattered after a devoted fiancé was killed in a horrific A19 road smash.

Black Cats fan Andrew Nimmo, 24, died after the lorry he was driving collided with an HGV and a Ford Focus early yesterday morning.

The driver of the HGV, a 25-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the crash.

Andrew, of Murton, was planning to marry fiancée Janinne Leslie, 24, next August and the couple were looking forward to building their lives together with Janinne’s daughter, Laylah Hope, five.

The couple had only recently returned from a family holiday to Tunisia.

Andrew’s family said in a statement, they were “devastated” by his death and asked for time to come to terms with their “loss”.

Andrew is understood to have worked for a number of years at Alex Smiles skip hire company in Deptford, Sunderland, leaving about two months ago. Staff at the company have been left shocked by his death.

The crash happened at 5.25am just beside the slip road from the A1130 Mandale Roundabout in Stockton, Teesside. The road remained closed through much of yesterday as accident investigators worked to establish the exact cause of the incident.

The driver of the Ford Focus Zetec, a 37-year-old woman, was taken to James Cook University Hospital with fractures to her legs. She was found lying in the road by North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), who said she had been hit by a lorry.

The woman remained conscious throughout the journey to hospital and a NEAS spokeswoman described her injuries as “not life-threatening”.

Fire crews from Thornaby and Stockton Fire stations were called to the scene, as diversions were put in place by police.

The driver of the other lorry spent yesterday being questioned by officers at a Cleveland police station following his arrest.

Motorists were advised by police to avoid the section of the A19 at Stockton due to the closures.

The Northbound carriageway briefly reopened shortly before 8am yesterday, only to be closed again due to the high volume of traffic affecting the police investigation.