WALES: Crash claims life of father-of-two; Dad lost control of car while overtaking.
A DAD-OF-TWO died when his car ploughed into a tree after he lost control while overtaking another vehicle on the A493 outside Dolgellau.
Carpet fitter Kevin Pardoe, 43, died in the accident at around 2.15pm on Saturday when his red Audi left the road as it travelled from Dolgellau to Fairbourne, where Mr Pardoe was living in a caravan on a farm on Bryn Road.
Tributes left at the scene described Mr Pardoe as "the greatest dad in the world".
The driver of the car behind Mr Pardoe, Richard Littleton, 24, of Dolgellau, said: "He came past to overtake me and when he tried to turn back in he slipped across the road and then the car span.
"The car went straight down the grass verge and there was a massive impact and a huge bang.
"When I looked down the bank I saw the car bent around the tree, it was in a complete mess."
Friends say Mr Pardoe was well known in the area after moving toNorth Wales from Wolverhampton.
Friend Karen Titley, 35, said: "I have known Kevin for 20 years and he was always a friendly likeable person.
"Kevin had lived on my parent's farm for a number of years and we all got on really well with him, so it has been a huge shock for us all.
"He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him."
She added: "He had come from the Midlands to North Wales regularly for about 20 years and it was his dream to settle here and he did that over a year ago."
Mr Pardoe was married to Michelle for 25 years and leaves son Alex, 19, daughter Becky, 25, and granddaughter Lilly, three.
Anyone with information can call police on 0845 607 1001 (Welsh) 0845 607 1002(English.
The accident scene on the A493 outside Dolgellau and some of the tributes placed by family and friends Pictures: ERFYL LLOYD DAVIES