The family of a man who died in a road collision have paid tribute to a father with a 'huge heart'.
Lenny Deugo, who would have turned 27 on October 5, died following a crash on the A692 near Consett on October 1.
Speaking on behalf of the family, his parents Perry and Christine Deugo, said they are broken hearted.
“We are heartbroken to announce the death of our son Lenny. He leaves his precious son Tyler, aged two, three brothers and two sisters. As a family unit, we are incredibly close, and now we are missing an important part of our jigsaw. “Affectionately known as ‘Big Lenny’ by all those who knew him, he had a huge heart and will be missed by everyone. “He was a very easy person to get on with. He was guaranteed to make you laugh and make fun in any situation.”
Lenny was studying to be an electrician at Derwentside College.
“Lenny turned his life around, overcoming very personal challenges, despite having the toughest upbringing of his siblings. “Tyler gave him a focus and purpose. He loved spending time with him, having days out at the beach and parks and just generally enjoying themselves. They were due to go away together on holiday this week.”
The father-of-one, who was born in Germany and lived in County Durham, was driving a blue MG ZR when it was involved in a collision with a white Renault van. Lenny was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of a black Vauxhall Insignia was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and released under investigation.