HEARTFELT tributes have come flooding in to a Chelmsley Wood man who was killed in a road accident last Friday.
A twenty-five-year-old, named locally as John Braid, died when the Fiat Bravo he was driving collided with a van travelling in the opposite direction.
The tragedy unfolded in Windward Way, Smith’s Wood at just before 2pm.
Emergency services had been called to the scene after locals heard the crash and rushed outside to see what had happened.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find a van and a car with significant front end damage.
“The driver of the car, a man, suffered serious multiple injuries in the crash. Sadly it became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
Ambulance crews took the van driver, a 38-year-old from Small Heath, to Heartlands Hospital. He had suffered head, leg and whiplash injuries.
Following the crash, bunches of flowers have been laid at the scene of the accident and words of condolence have been posted by friends on social networking site Facebook.
A message from Steven Goldingay read: “R.I.P John, you were a good mate to me through the years. We had a lot of ups and downs and a lot of fun, some of the best times of my life were spent with you and the lads. You will always be a legend and I will always remember you mate - you will be missed.”
And one of the cards left at the scene said: “To our beloved son, you were one in a million, so very special.”
A 22-year-old man who had been driving a black Renault Megane along the same stretch of road had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call the road policing unit at Solihull North police station on 0845 113 5000.