A FATHER who died when his minibus hit a lamppost was today described as ‘a genuine all-round amazing guy’.
David Stiller, a 36-year-old father of two, was fatally injured in the crash close to the Esso garage, in Havant Road, Hayling Island, on Wednesday last week.
The Pompey fan had worked as a draughtsman at BAE Systems, based at Portsmouth Dockyard, since 2007.
Mystery still surrounds how the accident happened and friends say they are still trying to come to terms with Mr Stiller’s death.
Karl Harris, 25, from Havant, said he was devastated by the loss of his friend, adding: ‘Dave was a happy-go-lucky man who was very popular and always the first to crack a joke.
‘When you were feeling down you could always count on Dave to make you smile.
‘He was a genuine all-round amazing guy, who was more like a brother to me.’
Mr Stiller, of Grebe Close, Waterlooville, and his large circle of friends would often go on holiday to Weymouth together.
Chrissy and Neil Bond, from Waterlooville, had become friends with him recently.
Mr Bond said: ‘We hadn’t known Dave for that long, but we knew he was a fantastic family man and a great mate.
‘He had a wicked sense of humour and will be sadly missed.’
Police are trying to piece together what caused Mr Stiller to veer off the road and crash into the lamppost at 5.50am. The two male passengers in the vehicle were taken to hospital, one with a broken arm, but released later that day. A post mortem was due to take place yesterday to determine the cause of death. An inquest will be opened in the next few days.
His boss at BAE, chief engineer Paul Dowman-Tucker, also paid tribute, adding: ‘Dave was a popular and well-respected member of our team in Portsmouth. He will be greatly missed by his work friends and colleagues. Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to his wife and family.’
Call Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101.