Tragic uncle, 24, killed in Meadowhall crash was new dad who wanted ‘loads of kids’

A young man killed in a horror crash in Sheffield became a doting dad just three months ago and wanted ‘loads of kids’.

Monday, 1st February 2021, 11:33 am

His heartbroken partner, April Rose Ireland, has posted a series of heart-wrenching Facebook posts since her beloved boyfriend Tommy Hydes, aged 24 died in a crash alongside his nephew Josh, 20, on Saturday night.

The Mercedes GLS they were travelling in ploughed through railings on the Meadowhall Way bridge over the River Don and plunged into the water below.

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The car was recovered by firefighters with the men inside and they were taken to hospital but could not be saved.

Recalling what a doting dad to his young daughter Tommy was, April said: “I promise I will always make sure our daughter Sienna Rose Hydes will know who you are and and will remember for the loving father you are.

“I can't believe you didn't get long with her, she’s just getting to know you, that smile when you look at her and play with her and talk to her. I’ll never get that image out of my head.

“We had so many plans. We was only planning your 25th birthday in March, we was already planning another baby because you wanted loads of kids.

“I love you so much and it’s killing me. I literally can't breathe but I promise you I will get through this but I know the pain will always be there, I will never recover from this and if you can hear me up there I will always be yours forever. I love you my little Tommy Tukka.

“I promise Tommy Tukka I will be the best mom there is to our little girl, I promise. OMG life's so cruel. I miss you and love you, we always will love you.”

She added: “I just want to go back to sleep. I wish I never woke up but my little girl needs me to be her mommy still.

“OMG I miss you so much. Dunno how I'm gonna get through this. My heart’s broken.”

A police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision is under way.

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