Tributes have been paid to a 24-year-old man who died 14 days after a hit-and-run crash.
Jake Taylor lost his fight for life in hospital after suffering catastrophic injuries when he was struck by a car in Loomer Road, Chesterton.
Now Jake has been described as a ‘lovely lad’ who leaves a ‘massive hole’ in Bentilee.
Writing on StokeonTrentLive’s Facebook page, Liam Walker said: “I’m going to miss you lad. I’m glad I got see you before all this happened.
“I’ll make sure it’s popping when we all get up there.”
Kiah Richardson added: “An absolutely lovely lad who had a heart of gold and made everyone laugh.”
Former colleague Micky Clarke said: “Rest easy bro. We have some laughs at Taylors shooting nail guns at everyone. My thoughts are with all your family.”
And Tina Mohammed added: “RIP Jake. I still can’t believe it. My thoughts are with your family at this devastating time. Fly high mate.”
Armed police had been called to the scene following the non-stop smash and a disturbance involving weapons in nearby Palatine Road at around 11pm on October 31.
Jake was rushed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital in a critical condition where he died on November 13.
Detectives are still trying to piece together what happened on the night and are continuing to appeal for witnesses.
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Detective Chief Inspector Jason Everett, of the force’s Major Investigation Department, said: “We are appealing for anyone who has further information about this incident or may have witnessed it to come forward and assist our investigation.
“Sadly, Jake’s family are now having to come to terms with his death.”
In a statement, Jake’s family said: “We are all broken and hurting about the death of our son.”
Anyone with information can do so anonymously via the national police portal or by calling 101, quoting incident number 1,031 of October 31.