Updated: Saturday, 16th November 2019 @ 10:52pm

Wigan family pay tribute to 'senseless waste of promising life' after fatal Appley Bridge car crash victim named

Wigan family pay tribute to 'senseless waste of promising life' after fatal Appley Bridge car crash victim named

By Dean Wilkins

The hysterical family of an ‘electronics genius’ killed during a car crash in Wigan yesterday are paying tribute to a ‘senseless waste of promising life’.

Steven James, 25, of Leigh, died when his Honda coupe smashed into a stationary minibus as passengers were being let off on Back Lane, Appley Bridge, at 12.45am.

Mr James was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency crews, no one else was injured but the minibus driver was treated for shock.

He family said: “Our beloved son Steven was taken from us in a horrific car accident at just 25 years old.

“Unless you were there yourself, you cannot even come close to imagining the hurt that we are going through.

“If you knew him, you would know how intelligent and funny he was. If you didn't know him, you would have clicked with him instantly when you met him – he was gregarious and could talk to anyone about anything.

“He threw himself into anything he set his mind to. He was an accomplished web designer and a genius with electronics. His brain was always running at 110%, with ideas way ahead of the time.

“Even as a teenager, he came up with ideas for things which are only just appearing on the market and he was destined to be a success in life as a result, except that he was tragically taken from us before he could realise his full potential. What a senseless waste of a promising life."

Police Constable Mark Potter, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Steven’s family and our officers are supporting them as best we can at this tragic time.

“If anyone was around the Back Lane or surrounding area of Appley Bridge in the lead up to 12.45am on Sunday and witnessed this collision, then please get in touch with us.

“We are trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding Sunday morning’s collision in which Steven was killed, and are keen to hear from anyone with any details that can assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit directly on 0161 856 4741.

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