FRIENDS have paid tribute to ‘a great man’ who was killed when the minibus he was driving hit a lamppost.
David Stiller, of Grebe Close, Waterlooville, was driving a Ford Transit minibus south in Havant Road, Hayling Island, when the accident happened at 5.50am on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, by paramedics but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
There were two passengers in the minibus when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle veered to the nearside kerb, collided with the kerb and then a lamppost causing the vehicle to overturn.
A 47-year-old passenger suffered a broken arm and a 36-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries. The men, who are both from Havant, have been released from hospital.
Mr Stiller’s family were too upset to speak to The News, but a neighbour, who did not want to be named, said they were all ‘still in shock’.
Posting on The News website portsmouth.co.uk, friends have left messages in tribute to Mr Stiller.
Karl Harris, said: ‘RIP. You will be greatly missed by us all. I’ll never forget you mate.’
Another read: ‘Such a shame that such a top bloke is now no longer with us. Condolences go out to family and friends. Will miss you. RIP mate.’
While Lennyboy said: ‘Such a sad day when we lost a great, great man. My thoughts are with his family. RIP mate, you’re gonna be hugely missed!’
A section of the road was closed for about two hours on Wednesday to allow a full investigation to take place.
Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash or who saw the van before the collision.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Acting Sergeant Rob Brind, at Fratton Roads Policing Unit, quoting Operation Aerophane on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 11.
Callers outside Hampshire should use 0845 045 45 45.