Tributes to crash victim Adam Hawkins

PUBLISHED: 11:44 30 December 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Feniton man who died on his birthday when his car ploughed into a pub wall.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Feniton man who died on his birthday when his car ploughed into a pub wall. Adam Hawkins, 22, formerly of Exmouth, was a popular and well-loved man, described as the kind of person who could "always turn a frown into a smile". Adam, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday on the day of the accident (December 20), is believed to have suffered from punctured lungs in the crash. He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. He had been driving his silver Peugeot 206 car when it smashed into the wall of the Halfway Inn, near Aylesbeare. People who knew Adam have set up a tribute page on an internet networking site, Facebook, and have been leaving messages about their much-loved friend. Michelle Hayes wrote: "You were fantastic. You always knew how to turn a frown into a smile. "You are amazing. Love ya, and I will always remember you." Trina Preston posted: "I'm gonna miss you much more than words can say. "You brought so much love and laughter into our lives and the voice of reason always followed on close behind. "We'll never forget you. I have a whole album of fun times with you (in my head). "You were and always will be very special." Ruth Davies added: "You were a gentle giant and full of fun and love. "What a mass of memories I have of fun with him. "It does not seem real. How can someone so amazing be taken so young. For all who knew and loved him, God rest his soul. Love you Ads. You will never be forgotten." Customers enjoying a drink at the Halfway Inn had been in the bar when they heard the car hit the building at around 7pm. Pub landlord Anthony Brister said directly after the accident he tried to help Adam by holding his head to keep his airways open. Three young men driving a Renault Clio stopped to offer their help, clearing debris from the road and directing traffic until the emergency services arrived. Police said, moments before the accident the silver Peugeot had finished overtaking another car on the B3180 road. The police are seeking details of the other vehicle and its driver and ask witnesses to contact MPC Gary Curran on 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting log number 935 of 2011208.

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