A devoted young couple killed in a three-car road smash had intended to get married, family members said today.
Gifted musician Stephen Donnelly, aged 26, and his 21-year-old girlfriend Mandy Gold died on their way home from a wedding at the weekend.
They had been dating for a year after meeting through the Antioch Community Church in Broomhall, where Stephen was associate pastor and Mandy a volunteer.
A statement from Stephen’s parents Sue and Mark, of Northampton, where Stephen lived before moving to Sheffield to study at university, said: “ Stephen met Mandy through his church and they had been together for just about a year.
“She was a beautiful, talented young woman, and she and Stephen intended to get married.
“They worked together in the church with the same aims and passions and they will be greatly missed by everyone who knew them.”
Stephen – a former pure mathematics student at Sheffield University – lived in Treeton, Rotherham, and Mandy lived with her parents in Harthill.
They were travelling on the A14 near Naseby, Northamptonshire, on Saturday, at about 11pm, when their green Ford Ka was in collision with a light-coloured Mercedes and a red Peugeot 208.
Stephen’s parents said: “Stephen was an amazing, dedicated young man of God, who was passionate about sharing the love of Jesus.
“He was also a very talented musician and song-writer.
“As messages of support have flooded in, it has become apparent he had a positive and lasting influence on many lives in a way that is more profound than we could ever have believed or imagined.
“We are so proud of him. He is a great loss not only to us but also the wider world.”
Todd Roberts, senior pastor at the Antioch church, said: “They were definitely young and in love. It seemed they were heading in a really good direction.
“Both of them loved meeting other people and sharing their faith.”
A man has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving and driving after consuming excess alcohol in connection with the crash.