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Family and friends pay tribute to Oxford’s Sheldon Thomas after crash

The family of a 30-year-old man from Oxford who died after his car left Park Road and collided with a tree on Monday morning have paid tribute to their ‘loving son’.

Sheldon Thomas, known as Shellz, was driving a black Volkswagen Golf at around 5am when the collision occurred.

He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington where he passed away later that day.

A passenger in his twenties also sustained serious injuries in the crash, which are not thought to be life threatening and he remains in hospital.

The tribute issued today, reads: “The family of Sheldon Thomas, who was aged 30 years old said he was a loving son and is sadly missed.

“The family wish to express their thanks to all the family and friends that have shown their support during this sad time. The family wish to have their privacy respected and time to grieve as a family.

“The family are asking if anybody has any information regarding the collision to call Thames Valley Police.”

Shellz’s friends took to social media earlier this week to pay tribute to their ‘fallen soldier’.

Niamh Ailee Har paid tribute on Facebook: “Sleep tight out soldier Shellz.

“Was always you I’d ring and give an ear ache when in this state! I love you so much and I want you to always know this please! The pain in my heart will never equal the love in my heart for you.

“Shine bright you beautiful angel. Light up the skies for us.”

Friends drove in a convoy past the crash site in Parks Road on Monday night.

More than 10 cars filed along the road before friends lit candles and laid flowers and messages to say goodbye.

Afterwards friend Lauren Compton wrote on Facebook: “We looked amazing and I know it made many people happy that made lots of noise for Shellz he’d be blushing.

“Night Shellz hope you liked our scene tonight.”

Sophie Pallett posted: “So many lives being taken too soon! Stop and appreciate everyone and everything because you never know who will be gone tomorrow.

“R.I.P Sheldon, thoughts are with your family, friends and loved ones.”

More flowers and messages have since been left by the railings of Oxford University Parks near the crash scene.

Another friend Andee Williams-Morton wrote: “R.I.P to a fallen soldier. Peace go with you Sheldon Thomas. Our respect and condolences go out his family or anyone who was close to him. Go with the angels mate.”

The Golf was still against the railings out the Oxford University Department for Physics on Monday morning with the road then closed by police for about four hours up until 9am while police officers carried out investigatory work at the scene.

Investigations manager Dick Thorpe from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this collision or anyone who saw the vehicle travelling prior to the collision who has not already spoken to officers.

“They may have vital information to help our investigation into the incident which led to this man’s death.”

David Gallagher, spokesperson for South Central Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 5.04am that a car had left the road in Parks Road in a road traffic collision.

“We sent two ambulances and an ambulance officer to the scene where a man was then taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in a life threatening condition.”

Anyone that has any information about the collision can contact the police’s 24-hour enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 189 2/5.

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