A DAD has died following a police chase when the car he was driving veered across a rural road and smashed into a tree.
The man - named locally as Darren Hollingsworth, of Midhopestones, Sheffield - suffered fatal injuries in the crash on Yewtrees Lane, Bolsterstone, near the Broomhead Reservoir.
The 38-year-old, who worked as a driller on construction sites, leaves an eight-year-old daughter and heartbroken partner.
Friends have left floral tributes for Darren at the scene of the tragedy, which happened just before 1am on Saturday.
One of Darren’s best friends, who declined to be named, said he ‘couldn’t believe’ his pal had died.
“It’s awful, he was a good lad, always up for a laugh,” he said as he laid a bunch of flowers by the tree.
“I’ve known him for many years, I just can’t believe it really.”
He said Darren, a former Stocksbridge High School pupil, was brought up on his parents’ livestock farm in Midhopestones, where he still lived.
The friend said: “He’d done a bit of all sorts, he’d done a bit of farming. At the moment he was working a lot on sites.
“He was one of my best mates.”
A card on one of the tributes read ‘Daz - can’t believe you’re gone mate, never forget you’, while another read ‘RIP Daz, you will be sadly missed’.
Shortly before the collision, Darren had been spotted by a member of the public, who told police he was damaging a car on Kenworthy Road in nearby Stocksbridge.
A police spokeswoman said: “Prior to arriving at the incident police noticed a vehicle matching the description provided to them by a member of the public.
“The vehicle was a white Vauxhall Corsa, driven by a 38-year-old-man from Midhopestones, Sheffield.
“It is reported the Corsa failed to stop for the police and a short pursuit began. Officers then lost sight of the vehicle.
“Following a search, the police then located the Corsa. It is reported to have left the road to the offside on Yewtrees Lane, 50 yards north east of New Road.
“The vehicle is believed to have collided with a tree and the driver had suffered fatal injuries.”
Deep tyre marks could be seen imprinted in the earth at the scene, and the treetrunk bore damage where the car had smashed into it.
Fragments of a car registration plate were also scattered on the ground.
At the farm, Darren’s grief-stricken younger brother, Craig, said he was too distraught to talk about the incident.
The police spokeswoman appealed for witnesses to the incidents.
She said: “Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or the driving and whereabouts of the vehicle prior to the collision, and also witnesses to the driver’s movements and actions prior to the incident.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 52 of August 18.