Family pay tribute to father killed in tragic Yacht crash
A 28-year-old man from Yate that was killed in a car crash on Monday morning has been formally identified.
Father of two Matthew Krekelaar, was the driver of a blue BMW that crashed into a terrace of houses in Littledean on Shire Way in Yate.
Police had revealed that a man in his twenties had lost his life in the single vehicle collision on the day, however the family have now paid tribute to the person they described as loving and thoughtful ‘.
The statement read: “Matt was the kindest, most lovable, thoughtful, adoring, annoying at times, brother, father, fiance, nephew, grandson, great-grandson and son.
“He will leave a gap in our lives that no one will ever deserve to fill.
“Forever in our hearts, Sleep tight our sweet prince.”
Matt, was a big Bristol Rovers fan and enjoyed watching his team with his family.
The statement continued: “I have loved music, cars, football (unfortunately), rugby, cooking and welding.
“He leaves behind two little girls who would wind him up, play up, argue and drive him round-the-bend, but who really love him and will miss him terribly.”
Emergency services were called after a crashed into a tree and then the front of two houses off the main Shire Way road.
Multiple emergency crews attended the incident that took place on Shire Way, Yate at around 10:00 am, but were unable to save the man’s life as it was pronounced dead at the scene.
South Western Air Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, air ambulance, operations officer, hazardous area response team and a critical care paramedic to the scene of the crash.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police advised drivers to avoid the area while also confirming that there was a casualty in the crash.
“We were called at 10:10 am, to reports of a single vehicle road traffic collision in which a car collided with a house.
“Sadly a man in his twenties was pronounced dead at the scene.
Drivers were then warned to avoid the area as the road was completely closed off.
At around 2:00 p.m. the fire service then carried out operations to assess the structural damage that was caused by the collision.
The community has started to pay tribute to the victim, with multiple floral tributes being laid at the scene.
Phil James, who lives on nearby Blaisdon, was in his front garden at the time of the crash.
“All of a sudden all I could hear was police, ambulance and fire engines.
“I thought there’s something not right. I came up and that’s when I found out what happened. ”
Avon and Somerset police are currently appearing for the witnesses of the incident, as questions were asked about what the exact cause of the crash was.
They would like to speak to anyone who has seen the incident or the car beforehand.