‘Once met he was never forgotten’: Tributes to man killed in Porthcawl car crash

The family of a driver killed in a car crash in Porthcawl on Monday have paid tribute to a “wonderful son” who “worshipped” his own 12-year-old daughter.

Adrian Bryn Evans, 32, from South Cornelly – known to friends as Ado – died after the Honda Civic Type-R car he was driving was involved in a head-on crash with a red Kia Sorento near the Newton Nottage roundabout at 9.57am.

His parents, Brynmor and Pamela Evans, who are being supported by a family liaison officer from South Wales Police, today paid tribute to their son.

In a statement, they said: “Adrian was a wonderful son to his parents Bryn and Pam and was the youngest of our children.

“He was a much-loved younger brother to his sisters Paula and Clare, and his brother Lee, and was a devoted father to his 12-year-old daughter Kia Leigh, who he worshipped.

“He was also a much-loved uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to so many.”

They added Adrian’s death had left a “huge hole” in their family.

“Adrian lived life to the full and had a wicked sense of humour and once met he was never forgotten,” the statement continued.

“Adrian always tried to portray a ‘tough guy’ exterior, but underneath he had a soft heart and was always there when his family and friends needed him most.

“We would like to thank all those who have left such kind words and comments on Adrian’s Facebook page since his death, which we have found truly comforting at this devastating time.

“Adrian will never be forgotten and his death has left a huge hole in our family than can never be filled and he will truly be missed by all those who knew him.”

A second man travelling in the Honda, named locally as Ian Markey, was seriously injured in the crash and taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

It is thought Mr Evans and Mr Markey, who were regulars at the Seaways Hotel in Porthcawl, were travelling from Porthcawl to South Cornelly when the crash happened on Pyle Road – the A4229.

A six-year-old boy and his father travelling in the other vehicle thought to be from the Pontypool area escaped without serious injury.

His mother was placed on a spinal board as a precaution but did not sustain serious injuries, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said.

South Wales Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash.

Anyone with information should contact the Roads Policing Unit on 01656 869332 or 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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