A TOUCHING tribute has been paid by the family of a taxi driver who tragically died in an early morning crash.
Dad-of-three Paul Crangle, 55, has been described as a “kind and generous man” after he was killed on the A689 in the early hours of Friday.
Police found his taxi at 2am after it had crashed into a tree off the westbound carriageway of the A689, east of Newton Bewley on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The town cabbie was dad to Lorraine, Alison and Lisa and was also a much-loved granddad.
In a statement released through Cleveland Police, his daughters said: “We are deeply upset by the tragic accident that happened to our dad Paul Crangle. Paul was a kind and generous man.
“Paul was a great dad who always wanted to be liked; the thing about dad is he always was.
“Dad loved his grandchildren and spending time with them, even though he didn’t like being called a granddad, he thought he was too young.
“Dad had a great sense of humour and liked a good laugh. He was a hard grafter but also liked a drink with his mates. Even though once he’d had a drink he could be a real headache.
“All we want at this time is to be left alone so as a family we can come to terms with our loss.”
Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and any witnesses are asked to ring Cleveland Police on (01642) 326326 and quote reference number U192499.