Hundreds of tributes are being paid to Dean Lowe and his young son Charlie who were killed in a crash in Jersey at the weekend.
The father and son, aged 48 and 11, were hit by a vehicle which failed to stop on Saturday (5 August) evening at around 9:30pm.
All emergency services attended the scene on Rue de Fauvic in Grouville.
They were rushed to hospital, but died from their injuries a short time later.
Hundreds of people have taken to social media to share their memories and condolences following the tragic loss.
Andy Faulconbridge, Facebook:
Deano was one of the first blokes I met when I came to Jersey 23 years ago, helped me out by letting me sleep on his floor for the first couple of weeks when he worked at the Merton, a good friend who will be sadly missed, may you and your son fly free my old friend.
Lauren Richards, Facebook:
So sad, Dean was such a lovely kind and caring man. Thoughts are with his family and friends.
Jade Kelly McLaughlin, Facebook:
RIP such a tragic loss of two lives…..
Dean you were a legend, your commitment and dedication to music and inclusion to those with learning disabilities knew no bounds - your happiness and zest for life was something I fondly admired about you xx
Sending so much love to your family xx
Dean worked at Jersey Employment Trust for 17 years - since 2006 - supporting people with disabilities to find work.
He was an Employment Co-ordinator, recently becoming an Employer Engagement Manager.
His colleagues say he worked tirelessly to promote JET's services.
"We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved and respected colleague and friend, Dean Lowe, and his son, Charlie, of whom he was so proud.
There was no one more dedicated and passionate than Dean about what he did, supporting people who have a disability or long-term health condition into work.
It often seemed like he knew everyone in Jersey, and certainly anyone who has met him would agree he was full of life and fun and, at all times, JET’s greatest ambassador."
"We send our heartfelt love and condolences to Dean’s family and friends.
His loss will no doubt be felt right across our Island community due to the nature and dedication of the work he so passionately undertook, and he will be sadly missed by us all."
Paul Sorel, Facebook:
Deepest sympathy to the family of Dean and Charlie.
Dean was a great guy and was my first job advisor for Jersey Employment Trust.
Dean will be missed by many that knew him.
Tash Greenhough, Facebook:
So sad I met you a few times.
You were such lovely bubbly character Dean, you did a lot of good work and a great singer rest in peace to you and your son.
Katie Doris Quinn, Facebook:
A truly great guy known and loved by many.
Thinking of all the family and at this absolutely unimaginable time but mostly Deano’s wife and Charlie’s mum my thoughts are with you every second.
We are deeply saddened following the tragic incident which took the lives of Dean and Charlie Lowe.— JerseyBullsFC (@JerseyBullsFC) August 7, 2023
We send our heartfelt love and condolences to Dean’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/UNQAdsjpzD
Many say Dean Richard Lowe, fondly known as Deano, was a passionate, inclusive man who supported those with disabilities or long-term health conditions into work.
He recently started a programme to introduce neurodiversity training in businesses.
A recent JET Facebook post thanked Dean for walking the virtual London marathon in April to raise money for the trust's important work.
Chief Minister Kristina Moore said she was deeply saddened by the tragedy and that her 'heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Dean and Charlie’s family and friends'.
"We are all deeply saddened following the tragic incident which took the lives of Dean and Charlie Lowe. Dean was well known and loved by so many people for his community spirit and the passion he had for helping others.
Dean was a proud father to Charlie, and it is always particularly shocking when a child has their life taken from them."
Emma Louise Hammill, Facebook:
Heartbreaking - I had the pleasure of knowing Charlie and Dean, and they were both absolutely lovely people.
An absolute tragedy xx
Sarah Le Fustec, Facebook:
The world has lost a true gent, life and soul.
RIP Deano and your precious son Charlie.
Praying for your family and sending all the strength I have X
Rebecca Larsson, Facebook:
I met Dean on a few occasions professionally and was in awe of his dedication to helping people through his work. I hope that he & Charlie's family and friends can take some small comfort from the love and respect evident in all these comments.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop and report a road traffic collision.
*He has been released on bail while investigations continue.
Officers are continuing to appeal for CCTV or dashcam footage from the Rue de Fauvic area between 9:00pm and 9:40pm on Saturday.
Anyone with information should call SoJP on 612612 (option 2, then option 4) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
(*States of Jersey Police update at 8.45am Tuesday 8 August)