TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who died more than two weeks after a collision near Droitwich Spa.

A Citroen C3 and a lorry collided on the A38 at the Copcut Elm traffic island on Friday, June 15. It led to a closure of the A38 for several hours and bad rush hour congestion around the town.

The driver of the Citroen, Evesham man Jamie Airns, aged 46, was taken to the QE hospital in Birmingham with multiple injuries and following treatment he was considered to be in a stable condition in the days after the collision.

He remained in hospital but later became unwell and he died around midnight on Sunday, July 1.

His partner Debbie O'Connor said: "I am heartbroken. I have lost a wonderful human being, a larger-than-life person who was always happy. He was everything to me and this has left a huge hole in my heart.

"Jamie was never ill and was always fit and healthy. He was known to many of his friends as Jammer, he loved music and played the drums for 30 years, playing all around the country and in Europe. We also loved going away to America for our holidays.

"I was his partner for nearly 11 years and I will treasure all the time I had with Jamie. He inherited my three kids and then the grandchildren and he treated them all the same.

"He was full of love and he was loved by all his family and friends, especially his mother Pauline, who is 76 and asked me to say just how much she loved him. We are all devastated and Jamie will be sorely missed."

Officers investigating the case have made an appeal for witnesses.

PC Sian Norman said: "The crash occurred three weeks ago, but I need everyone to come forward who saw the collision or remembers seeing the two vehicles involved in the moments before the collision.

"While it occurred quite early in the morning, there were still a lot of drivers on the road at that time of the morning and I am sure there are people out there who have important information who have not been in touch; I urge them to contact us."

PC Norman can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.