The family of a former Heathfield Community College student who tragically died in a car crash on Monday (September 21) have paid tribute to him.
Christian Martin died following a collision between his Honda Civic and a Land Rover Discovery on the A2100 Battle to Hastings Road at around 10.30pm on Monday.
The 27-year-old, of Shaw Close in Hastings, was born in Derbyshire but moved to Sussex in the early 1990s, attending Maynards Green School and Heathfield Community College.
In a statement released through Sussex Police, his family said: “Christian had a love for heavy metal music and cars. He was close to his family and was very family-orientated.
“He was also a practical joker and loved playing pranks on his family and friends. He has two young nieces who adored their Uncle.
“He was very close to his father who sadly died in April. They undertook many practical projects together including restoring an old car and undertaking DIY projects. They were not only father and son, but also best friends.
“Christian worked as an engineer in Hastings. He was a perfectionist and had recently been rewarded with a pay rise for his hard work. Aside from his friendly competitive banter, he had a heart of gold and was a very caring person.
“Christian was very close to his girlfriend Katie who was studying in Ireland. When they met it was love at first sight. She was completing her internship in nursing and was planning on moving back to the UK so they could be together.”
The family are deeply shocked and saddened by their sudden loss and wish for their privacy to be respected. Funeral arrangements will be made known at a later date.
Police are still appealing for witnesses to the crash or anyone with information to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting Operation Lowden.
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