Family's moving tribute to man who died in car crash

Joseph Michael Keane
Joseph Michael Keane

A grieving family has paid tribute to a "special, beautiful" man who died in a car crash.

Joseph Michael Keane, 28, from Billinge, was fatally injured in the collision on the A65 near Ingleton at about 4.15pm on Friday.

He was a passenger in a Peugeot car that collided with a white flatbed truck, which had been converted into a campervan.

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A 21-year-old woman from Wigan, who was driving the car, was taken to hospital but later discharged.

In a statement issued via the police, Mr Keane's family said: "It is not possible to describe just how much Joe was loved by his mum and dad, sister, girlfriend and all his family and friends. He was such a kind, considerate loving person and we have been privileged to have had him in our lives for 28 years.

"He had a lovely dry, warm sense of humour which endeared him to whomever was lucky enough to have been in his presence.

"His passions in life were for his family and friends and a love of books. He hated social injustice and advocated for people who were least able to help themselves.

"His loss has left us bereft and the only comfort we have is being surrounded by the people who loved him most. He was such a special, beautiful person, we have been enriched by his presence and the pain of his loss means our lives will never be the same again."