Tributes to Hastings man who died in Telham crash


The family of a motorist who died in a car crash in Telham on Monday have paid tribute to a young man ‘with a heart of gold’.

Christian Martin, of Shaw Close, Hastings, died when his Honda Civic was in collision with a Land Rover Discovery on the A2100 at Telham, shortly before 10.30pm.

Christian was born in Derbyshire before moving to Sussex in the early 1990s, attending Maynards Green School and then Heathfield Community College.

The family of the 27-year-old, who had a love for heavy metal music and cars, issued a tribute to Christian.

It said: “Christian 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.”

Funeral arrangements will be made at a later date.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash or anyone with information to email or call 101 quoting Operation Lowden.

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