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Tributes paid to crash victim

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

By Natalie Wakefield

STEPHEN HALLAM

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A YOUNG man from Mayfield has died after his car crashed into a tree at Rocester.

Stephen Hallam, 23, was driving his blue Ford Focus in Ashbourne Road, Rocester on Thursday night when the collision happened.

Mr Hallam had to be cut from his car and was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with serious injuries where his condition was described as "critical."

He died on Saturday night.

His best friend, Karl Wood, said: "Steve was one of the best you could ever meet, always laughing and joking, no matter what.

"I'm going to miss him massively."

Mr Hallam lived at Ashlea Drive in Mayfield, where he was popular among his neighbours and was known for his love of cars.

A neighbour told the News Telegraph: "Stephen was absolutely a lovely lad. He loved his car. He was very pleasant and was just lovely.

"Nothing was too much trouble for him and he always made a point of having a conversation and a laugh and joke.

"He was extremely hard-working and was always out the front polishing his car.

"It’s such a tragic loss, it’s just terrible."

Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service all attended the crash, which closed the Ashbourne Road from the time of the incident at 9.50pm until 4am the following morning.

Within hours of Mr Hallam's death, a Facebook group was opened in tribute to him, with more than 80 friends and neighbours posting messages of condolence and sharing memories of him.

According to his personal Facebook page, Mr Hallam was a delivery driver who graduated from Thomas Alleyne’s High School in 2005.

He leaves behind his girlfriend Jess Gallimore, from Uttoxeter, brother Daniel, sister Rachel Graffy, father Peter, from Burton, and mother Sue, from Ashbourne.

The crash happened at a notorious blackspot in Rocester and villagers are now calling for increased safety measures in the area.

Sergeant Ian Tanner at Staffordshire Police has appealed for witnesses to contact him on 101, quoting incident number 782 of 22 November.

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