South East Wales

Abercynon death: Tributes to Christopher Griffiths

Christopher Griffiths
Image caption Christopher Griffiths's infectious personality won everybody over, said his family

A 34-year-old pedestrian who died after a collision with a car has been described by relatives as "the life and soul of the party" whose "infectious personality won everybody over."

Christopher Griffiths' family said: "Everybody is devastated by the news and can't believe he is gone."

In a tribute released through South Wales Police, his family said he was much loved and respected in Abercynon.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Police said Mr Griffiths died after the collision at about 19:15 BST on Friday, 19 April in Margaret Street, Abercynon.

Mr Griffiths' uncle, Mugridge Griffiths, was killed in a motorcycle collision in Aberdare in 1997, and his family said while they were from different generations, they "classed themselves as brothers."

They called Christopher Griffiths "a much loved partner, father, grandson, son and uncle."

A black Toyota MR2 sports car was found burnt out in Cilfynydd, near Pontypridd, after the incident.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or saw the car before or after the crash.

A 22-year-old man has appeared at Merthyr Magistrates' Court accused of causing death by dangerous driving. A 27-year-old woman has also been charged with assisting an offender.

Police asked anyone with information to contact the roads policing unit on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 115292.

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