HE had a heart of gold and was trying to get his life back on track.
Those were the kind words spoken by close friends of Josh Blade, who died after the black Vauxhall Astra he was driving crashed into a metal fence in Grange Road, Gosport, at about 7am on Monday.
Police said the car had been stolen.
The 19-year-old had moved to Gosport to live with his mum and wanted a fresh start, friends said.
He had served a sentence in a young offenders’ institution after admitting burglary and car theft at Reading Crown Court last year.
Josh’s former girlfriend Georgia MacKay, 16, of Hartley Wintney, near Basingstoke, said she was texting Josh the night before he died.
She said: ‘I spoke to him the night before and he was fine.
‘He said he would ring me in the morning on his way to work. We were just talking about the fun times together.’
Georgia said Josh had taken on a job selling double glazing.
She said: ‘We got on so well and he was like my best friend.
‘He was such a kind boy and made sure I was okay.
‘My mum has recently come out of hospital and whenever she was in hospital he was straight on the phone to me. He would always put everyone before himself.’
She added: ‘He had a good life and then went through a bad patch.
‘He wanted to go back to the good side and sort himself out.
‘He wanted to eventually become a dad and get married. He had a heart of gold.’
Josh’s best friend Harry Cain, 19, from Reading, said: ‘He was just a really good person. It’s a shame he’s gone.’
He said his happiest memory would be Josh taking him to a nightclub when he turned 18.
Pal Jamie Botting, 20, said: ‘He will be missed by a lot of people.’
The circumstances of the crash are still under police investigation.
An inquest will take place at a later date.