Devastated friends pay tribute to man who died in crash

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Devastated friends of a man who died after the car he was travelling in hit a lamp post said he will “never be forgotten”.

David Thompson, 35, and another man were airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after the incident on the A650 Wrenthorpe bypass in Wakefield.

Mr Thompson, from Tingley, was a passenger in the BMW M3 when it veered off the road near a roundabout by the Rhubarb Triangle and hit a lamp post.

He died in hospital on Wednesday, May 13, while the driver, 27, remains in a critical condition.

And on Sunday hundreds of people met in Sainsbury’s car park in Wakefield and released lanterns to celebrate Mr Thompson’s life.

Jay Ogilvie, who knew Mr Thompson for more than a decade, said: “He was a really special bloke and one of those people no-one ever had a bad word to say about.

“To have 400 plus people turn up shows how much he was loved by everyone. He will never be forgotten.”

Mr Thompson, known to friends as Timpson, was a car enthusiast and a big fan of multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi.

He worked at Tower crane specialist HTC Plant in Sheffield.

To honour him, his friends sold hundreds of specially made car stickers which featured a BMW logo and read “RIP Dave Thompson 13-05-15”.

They also gathered at the Old Post Office pub in Haigh on Friday to pay tribute to their friend.

In total they raised thousands of pounds which has been donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Mr Thompson’s family.

Mr Ogilvie said: “His girlfriend Rach was his world and his other passion was cars. He could talk all day about them. We were all like a family and we wanted to raise some money to make sure he gets the send off he deserves.”

Dave Taylor, who went to Woodkirk High School with Mr Thompson, said: “David was just a joy to be around.

“He had a lot of charm and he was very good at his job whatever he was asked to do.”

Marc Cranswick, had known Mr Thompson since they were teenagers.

He said: “He was a lovely lad and he was so passionate about his cars.

“He was well known on the car scene and Sunday night brought a lot of people together to remember him.”

Bouquets of flowers were left on the grass verge and tied to a lamp post close to the accident scene.

One tribute said: “Dave, rest in peace. I’m absolutely devastated. Wishing your family all the love and support they will need.

“You will be missed buddy. The car scene has lost a legend.”

Another said: “RIP mate. Heartbroken. Love from Rob.”

Friends also paid tribute on social networking sites.

Laura Whittleston said: “This is so sad. Thoughts are with all his family and friends at this sad time xxx.”

Sarah Wassell said: “RIP Dave. You are going to be missed by all who knew you. A friend to all who knew you x.”

Kat Young said: “Fly high Timpson your family won’t ever be the same without you.

“Love and thoughts are with your family and Rachel at this sad time xx.”

Jodie Keenan said: “RIP Timpson thoughts are with your family. You be in our hearts thoughts forever x.”