‘He was a real character and happy go lucky’

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HE was a hard working, popular young man who had just started a new job.

But Tibor Darazs died when his white Mercedes sprinter van was involved in a collision with a Mercedes car.

The 22-year-old, who lived in Locksway Road, Milton, Portsmouth, was out delivering parcels in the village of Grateley, near Andover, when the tragic accident happened at about 2.10pm on Saturday.

He was pronounced dead at Salisbury District Hospital.

A 44-year-old woman driving the car suffered minor injuries.

Tibor moved over from Hungary about a year ago and lived with his father.

His younger brother and mother remained in his Hungary and it’s believed they wanted to move over with them next year. It’s understood he had just become a parcel delivery driver and before that he worked for a cake business.

Neighbours said he was incredibly kind and give them left over cakes that hadn’t been sold.

Julie Karanagh, who works at Riley J G Newsagents, in Locksway Road, said Mr Darazs had popped in on Friday to buy some sweets and have a chat.

She found out from a neighbour what happened at the weekend and couldn’t believe it.

‘He was so nice and so lovely,’ Julie said.

‘It’s just not fair. I couldn’t believe it when I was told about what happened.

‘You just don’t know when your time is up – you just have to make the most of life.’

Raymond Culverwell, who runs the newsagents, said Tibor was a hard-worker who was always on the lookout for a better job. He said: ‘He was a real character and a happy go lucky kind of guy.

‘It’s shaken us all up.’

Mo Millings, 56, who lived next door to Tibor, said Tibor was incredibly bright and could speak seven different languages. He took an interest in computers and helped fix hers.

She said: ‘He was talking not that long ago about the rest of his family coming over next year and there were going to get a house together.

Mo’s niece Jade Turner, 17, added: ‘It’s just horrendous. He would do anything for anyone.‘When he first moved here he didn’t really know anyone and we helped him out as best we could. We showed him which places to go.’

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the collision or either vehicle before the crash.

Contact Sergeant Lyndon Barrett, at the Whitchurch Roads Policing Unit, quoting Operation Taupe, on 101.