A SISTER has spoken of the heartbreaking moment she watched her brother “slip away” from her following a horror A19 smash that would claim his life.
Dad-of-two Daniel Thompson, 24, had been with his sister, Linda Thompson, 33, just hours before the crash on the A19 which would eventually take his young life.
The “loveable rogue” had been driving a silver Peugeot 206 on the dual carriageway northbound when it veered off the road just before the Easington services at around 12.30am on Friday, March 7, and hit a lamp-post.
Stricken Daniel had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters and was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where he was placed on a life support machine suffering with a severe brain injury.
His shocked and devastated family were informed of the smash and they raced to his bedside.
Doctors tried to save the former Garlands call centre worker and door-to-door salesman, but the decision was made to turn off the ventilator on Thursday, March 13, when medics said there was nothing more they could do to help him.
Today, Linda, a mum-of-three who lives in St Paul’s Road, Hartlepool, said: “He just never regained consciousness after the accident. It was basically the hospital’s decision to turn the ventilator off because there was nothing more they could do with him.
“Me and his girlfriend Stacey Loftus were there with him.
“It was so hard watching him slip away knowing that there was nothing we could do.
“When he was little if he’d fallen over I would pick him up and put a plaster on his knee. There was no plaster that could have helped repair him this time.”
Linda, who is in a relationship with partner Andrew Taylor, 27, said Daniel had just lost a job and was on the sick suffering with depression when the tragic accident happened.
She said the last time she had seen him was 10 hours before he died when they shared a burger lunch in the outdoor market off Victoria Road in Hartlepool, around 2pm on Thursday, March 6.
Daniel, who was father to three-year-old twin boys, then left his sister after “taking the mickey out of her”, and simply said: “I’ll see you later on” as they parted.
Linda said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call to say what had happened. I’m still in shock.
“He’s at peace now though. He’s happy and he’s not suffering any more.
“I have lots of fond memories of my baby brother which will forever be in my heart.”
Daniel, of Rydal Street, off Elwick Road, Hartlepool, appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court several times over the years with his appearances being featured in the Mail.
Linda added: “Our Daniel did wrong in his time, he was a loveable rogue but you couldn’t help but like him.
“Everybody used to hate to love him, but he was just that type of person. He was a little minx.
“He was a big softie and he’d do anything to help you. He was a brilliant uncle to my kids, they adored him.
“He was a messed up little boy and got into the wrong crowd, but he did turn his life around.”
The funeral of Daniel, a former pupil of Barnard Grove Primary School and Dyke House College of Technology was being held today in All Saints Church, Stranton, at 11am, before a burial at the town’s Stranton Grange Cemetery.