The grieving partner of a well known figure killed in a car crash has paid tribute to a “fantastic” man.
Graham Collins died after the three-wheeled Reliant Rialto he was driving was involved in a collision with a Land Rover on the main Helston to St Keverne road last week.
He lived on the Treskewes Estate in St Keverne with his partner of 25 years, Jayne Treloar, and had two sons, 22-year-old Zac and 20-year-old Gary.
However, he was known throughout the Helston and Lizard area for his involvement in the Helston and District Darts League, with which he had won |numerous trophies. Having previously played with Helston teams, Mr Collins had most recently been |playing for the Three Tuns Hotel team in St Keverne.
Ms Treloar said: “He was fantastic partner and a good father to his two boys. I’ve been inundated with cards and flowers – everybody has been fantastic. I’d like to thank people for their support.”
She estimated that she had received in the region of 75 cards, containing messages of condolence from|people in the community and the various clubs Mr Collins had been involved with.
In addition to his love of darts, he was also a keen fishermen and had won competitions, including the Porthallow Fishing Festival.
Mr Collins, 58, had been on his way to work as a kitchen porter at the Housel Bay Hotel, at The Lizard, at the time of the collision at 10.15am on Monday last week.
It is understood the crash took place on the stretch of bends close to Zoar Garage.
Police said at the time that Mr Collins had sustained serious injuries, which he later died from, while a passenger was described as “walking wounded.”
It was widely believed to be one of his sons, but Ms Treloar said this was not the case and in fact her partner had not even had a passenger in the car with him, due him heading to work.
The driver of the green Land Rover was not injured in the collision.
The road was closed for much of the day, with diversions put in place, as specialist police officers carried out an investigation.
Mr Collins was particularly recognisable when driving around, in his three-wheeled blue car that was decorated with white.
Funeral arrangements are still in the process of being decided, but Ms Treloar said it would take place at St Keverne Church on a date to be announced.