Dad-to-be with ‘infectious’ laugh killed in crash as partner mourns ‘soulmate’

A popular dad-to-be with an "infectious" laugh has been killed in a triple death crash.

Jack Ryle-Thompsett's pregnant girlfriend has lost her "soul mate" with friends and relatives left "devastated" by the fatal collision.

Tributes have been paid to the 26-year-old who died after the crash between a black Dacia Duster Ambiance and a white BMW in Lydd, Kent.

His close friend Jade Lawrence told KentOnline he "always wanted to be a dad" and his colleagues "doted" on him.

Mr Ryle-Thompsett had been travelling as a passenger in the BMW.

A woman in her 50s who was driving the Dacia and another man in his 40s were all pronounced dead at the scene.

The tragic accident happened at 6.20 pm on Sunday and the driver of the BMW, a man in his 30s, was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Ms Lawrence said that his family and friends were "devastated" by his death.

"I've known Jack for about 10 years, he was my brother's best friend and they were inseparable, he was just part of the family.

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"It's just heartbreaking, he was about to start his own family," she said.

The 26-year-old was living in Lydd with his partner Georgie and her two children.

They were expecting a new addition to the family, with Georgie being six months pregnant with their daughter.

Ms Lawrence added: "I think he always wanted to be a dad.

"I've never seen him as happy as he has been with Georgie.

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She has set up a GoFundme page to help raise funds to provide for his family following his death.

"While most of us lost a friend, a brother and a son, his girlfriend lost her soul-mate and his soon-to-be-born baby girl lost her daddy.

"To say that we are all broken is an understatement but for her, this story is all the more heartbreaking," she wrote.

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Ryle-Thompsett who also leaves behind his parents and two siblings was described as "infectious", and very popular with his colleagues.

"His colleagues doted on him, he had so many friends.

"He was just infectious, so funny, always joking and his laugh was great," Ms Lawrence added.

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