The younger brother of a South Yorkshire father-of-two who died in a road accident on Tuesday has paid tribute to him as ‘kind, caring and fearless’.
Troy Brealey, aged 32, was travelling along the A57, near Beighton, when he was involved in a head-on collision.
Police say his red Audi A3 had crossed onto the other side of the road and hit a white Ford Transit van travelling in the opposite direction.
Troy was pronounced dead at the scene while the van driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Troy’s younger brother Tito, 30, said: “The Troy I knew was different to the one other people knew but nobody could really say anything bad about him.
“He would always pick stuff up and if he knew you were upset he would always visit you.
“The last time I spoke to him we had an argument over something stupid. I have so many regrets about it – things I said and didn’t say.”
“My dad has said I am a ‘functioning griever’. I don’t think it is going to hit me until the funeral.”
The brothers had planned to go to Tramlines together this weekend but now Tito says he doesn’t know if he is going to go to the festival.
He described Troy as a bit of a ‘jack the lad’, with a great sense of humour who was always playing practical jokes.
Earlier in life, Troy had been to prison but according to Tito had ‘sorted himself out’ and been working labouring and driving.
Part of this new-found sense of responsibility had come from his devotion to his two sons – Leyton, who has just started secondary school, and Tyrese who is two years younger.
As well as his boys he enjoyed music – bassline and hip hop – clubbing, clothes and was a Manchester United fan.
Tito added: “I miss him so much and it has only been two days.
“Until we identified him I thought it had been a mistake. It was heartbreaking to see him like that.”
Tito said the police had told the family they were still in the process of trying to establish exactly how the collision had happened.
“There are lots of rumours going round but we have just tried to keep away from it all,” he said.
“All the family really appreciate people sharing their memories of him. It does make it easier.”
As well as his two sons Leyton and Tyrese, Troy leaves his partner Alexis, his mum Ann and his dad Pele, his brothers Tito, Gavin and Toby, and his sisters Charlotte and Stephanie.