Young dad who died in Derbyshire crash had 'so much to live for'

Craig Pritchard with his daughter, Lacey. Picture kindly submitted by his family.
Craig Pritchard with his daughter, Lacey. Picture kindly submitted by his family.

Tributes have been paid to a young father – described as 'the most kind-hearted person' – who died in a crash in a Derbyshire village.

Police were called to Losk Lane in Palterton at around 12.50am on Sunday after receiving reports that a motorcycle had been in a collision.

On arrival, Craig Pritchard, 28, from Bramley Vale, was found with fatal injuries and sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement issued to the Derbyshire Times, Mr Pritchard's family said: "On August 19 we got the news we had lost Craig in a tragic road accident.

"Many people's world's shattered in that moment as he touched many people’s hearts in his 28 years.

"He honestly was the most kind-hearted person, so vibrant and full of life, with so much to live for. A family who loved him, his beautiful little girl, Lacey, his partner and his many, many friends.

"We will miss you Craig, but forever in our hearts."

In a few weeks' time, Megan Darby, Craig's cousin, will climb Huangshan mountain in China in his memory.

She will also raise money to help with costs for Craig's headstone and to give his five-year-old daughter some funds for the future.

Megan has now set up a JustGiving page where people can donate – visit it at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/craigpritchard

She has written on the page: "Craig deserves a headstone that represents his personality, LOUD and BOLD.

"His daughter has to live on without her daddy now, she’s such a strong little girl and she also deserves to have some savings for whatever she wants to do when she is a little older."

Police said two men – a 28-year-old and a 30-year-old – were hospitalised after the crash. The 30-year-old was subsequently discharged.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Police are investigating the collision and anyone with information should call officers on 101, quoting reference number 18000393882, or by filling in the form at www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.