The family of a young man who died following a collision with a suspected drunk driver has paid tribute to their ‘beacon of light’ who was ‘never afraid to show love’.
Harrison Bretherton, 21, from Lancashire, suffered serious injuries in a crash after a Toyota Landcruiser left the Blackpool Road carriageway just after midnight on September 14.
He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but died the following day.
Two other passengers – a man in his 20s and an 18-year-old girl – also suffered injuries and were taken to hospital. They have since been released.
Thanking their friends and local community for their love and support, his family has described the impact their ‘fun loving and caring’ Harrison had on those around him.
‘Harrison can only be described as a beacon of light that would shine brightly even on the darkest of days. A fun loving, sweet, cheeky, caring boy who left a mark on every person he met,’ his family said.
‘A clever and ambitious young man who had just started a new job at Blackpool Teaching Hospital, with plans to work his way up like his big brother Trafford.
‘He had so many wonderful plans for his life.
‘His last actions on this earth saved the life of his girlfriend Anya and we take comfort in knowing that Harrison’s beautiful nature was there until the very end.’
Harrison’s family said he ‘loved and was loved by everyone around him unconditionally’, and best enjoyed spending his time with his girlfriend and friends or playing with his dog Jack.
‘He was passionate and loving yet very gentle and kind. He was never afraid to show his love and while he has been taken, the memories we have will be engraved in our minds and hearts forever, never to fade,’ they said.
‘We are devastated by the great injustice that has been served to Harrison and the life sentence we as a family and the survivors, Anya and Harrison’s twin James, now have to live with.
‘No family should ever have to experience this pain. This great tragedy that could and should have been avoided.’
The driver of the Toyota Landcruiser, an 18-year-old man from Lytham, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He has since been released under investigation.
Lancashire Police has appealed for information, asking those who can help to call 101, quoting log 0003 of September 14 or email [email protected]
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