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Family's tribute to Penrith man killed in BMW crash
11:38am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A FAMILY has paid tribute to a man killed in a B road collision as having "a zest for life".
Dominic Matthew Loftus, 22, from Penrith, died when the BMW he was travelling in came off the road and hit a dry stone wall on Thursday night.
The incident happened at 11.30pm on the B5288 road between Greystoke and Motherby.
Mr Loftus was a rear-seat passenger in a blue BMW car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His father, Ian Loftus released an emotional statment about his son.
The statement reads: "They say that just before you die your life flashes before your eyes. What they don't say is that when someone very, very close to you dies, their life flashes before your eyes.
"Dominic's 22 years have been on 'shuffle' in my head since the police arrived at Vicargate to tell us the tragic news. They were very gentle and thoughtful with us.
"I only know what 'shuffle' is because Dominic has tried to persuade me to get an iPhone for the last five or six years. His phone never left his pocket, ever."
In a message to those who knew him, his father said: "Dominic was kind, generous and always ready to help out. He was the hardest worker that I know.
"He never said no if someone needed help, often putting his own plans on hold, and, without a doubt, he loved his family and friends very much and they loved him too."
The driver, a 23-year-old man from Penrith, was taken to Cumberland Infirmary with serious but not life threatening injuries.
The other two passengers were a 22-year-old man from Watermillock, who was taken to Newcastle Hospital, and a 21-year-old man from Penrith who was taken to Cumberland Infirmary.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision and appeal for any witnesses to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC Lisa Teasdale at the Northern Roads Policing Unit.
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