M4 fatal crash: Matthew Phillips tribute

Matthew Phillips
Image caption Matthew Phillips was travelling alone in his Ford Fiesta

The family of a man who died in a crash on the M4 near Bridgend have paid tribute to him.

Matthew Phillips, 24, from Neath, died when his Ford Fiesta was in collision with a Toyota Avensis at 23:00 BST on Friday near Sarn.

His parents said he was "a precious son, brother and partner".

Two adults and two children in the Toyota were also injured, including a four-year-old child who remains critically ill in hospital.

Mr Phillips was travelling alone in the Ford Fiesta at the time of the crash, which happened on the eastbound carriageway.

His parents paid tribute to him in a statement issued via South Wales Police.

"Matthew was a precious son, brother and partner who lit up every room with his smile and laughter," they said.

"He had a caring nature and was loved by all who knew him.

"He will be greatly missed and our lives will never be the same."

Police have appealed for witnesses, including two female pedestrians seen in the area before the incident, which happened between junction 37 at Pyle and junction 36 at Sarn.

South Wales asked anyone who saw the collision, or the manner in which either vehicle was being driven, to contact the western roads policing office on 01656 655555 ext 88-331, or contact their local police station, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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