Tributes have been flooding in for the "hero" dad, who "committed tirelessly to providing opportunities for those in need", and his 11-year-old son, after both were killed in a tragic crash over the weekend.
Father and son Dean (48) and Charlie Lowe were hit by a vehicle as they walked along Rue de Fauvic in the direction of St. Clement’s Church on Saturday evening.
All Emergency Services headed to the area of the crash and the pair were taken to A&E, but both sadly died from their injuries later in the night despite extensive efforts to save them.
A 28-year-old man – who has not been named – was arrested in St. Helier yesterday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and failing to stop and report the collision. The force said this morning that he was still in custody.
When Dean and Charlie were named by police officers earlier today, there was an outpouring of condolences and tributes on social media.
48-year-old Dean – who worked for the Jersey Employment Trust for the last 17 years in various different capacities and recently raised money by completing the Virtual London Marathon – was described as an "incredible man".
Pictured: Dean walked the Virtual London Marathon earlier this year wearing a squirrel mask to support local charity Acorn in "squirrelling away" some much-needed funds.
Commenting on Facebook, James Montgomery said that "Jersey has lost a hero".
He said: "Dean was a voice for inclusion, and a champion for disabilities and neurodiversity.
"He committed tirelessly to providing opportunities for those in need and giving those with a difference a chance to be part of society and succeed in their aspirations – it was a pleasure to have worked with him on projects and am forever grateful for his support."
Alvin Aaron described the father as "a big character and well known local entertainer", whilst other commenters told of his "big heart" and "smile".
Nathan Paterson said: "Dean was an amazing man and brilliant musician. Watched him on Friday night.
"So many people thought so highly of him."
Pictured: Tributes were paid on social media to 48-year-old Dean, who was "an amazing man and brilliant musician".
Marcus Harley commented: "Rest in peace my friend. You will be remembered as the biggest inspiration to many people with your positive approach to life, myself included.
"A great man and even better father and partner. You where always a kind and loving friend.
"Going to miss the banter and that voice of yours lad! So much love to your family at this sad time."
"Very very sad indeed," said Gary Bellot. "RIP Dean and Charlie, I will miss all the banter about football and your swipes at Spurs.
"Too young to die, the world has lost two beautiful and kind souls."
Bean Around the World coffee shop also posted a tribute on social media, calling Dean a "friend of the Bean" and a "positive influence to all who knew him".
Debra McGrellis said: "Both taken far too soon. Dean you will be missed you had a big heart and always a smile on your face.
"Thinking of your family at this devastating time."
Kevin Pallot added: "So gutted to hear this news. Dean was a great guy and musician, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
"Devastating to hear about his son too and my heart goes out to his partner."
"This is so sad," wrote Paul James. "Dean was a member at the gym I work at for a bit. Always so nice and always had banter about football.
"My condolences to his family for the loss of Dean but also Charlie, the poor kid dying so young. It’s not fair."
Pictured: 11-year-old Charlie Lowe.
Louise Eden described Dean as "one of the truly nicest guys, who spent his life trying to make a difference for others".
Lola Le Vesconte said: "Thank you Dean for being one of my biggest supporters growing up, you were so special."
She added: "So happy to have watched you grow the the person you became Charlie, rest easy little one."
Milo Baudains described the father and son as "both amazing people".
A police spokesperson said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Dean and Charlie and we offer our sincere condolences to them at this very sad time."
Debris from a white vehicle was found on a nearby road by investigating officers over the weekend.
Following an "extensive search", a white van with "substantial damage" to its front was located on Sunday morning. The 28-year-old man was arrested afterwards.
Officers are continuing their appeal for witnesses or individuals with more information. In particular, they would like to hear from anyone living in the area with private CCTV or anyone who was driving in the area between 21:00 and 21:40 with dash-cam footage.
Anyone who may be able to help is urged to call 01534 612612, selecting option 2 then option 4.
The Government has issued a reminder that there is support available for any child or teenager has been impacted by the news.
Following the tragic news that a 48 year old man and an 11 year old boy have died following a serious road traffic collision in Grouville at the weekend, parents and carers are reminded that there is support available if their child or teenager has been impacted by this news.— Government of Jersey (@GovJersey) August 7, 2023
The Youth Enquiry Service (YES) can support any young person under the age of 25 and staff are available for them to talk to.
Call 0800 7350 010 or drop in Monday - Friday 14:00-18:00, or Saturday 11:00-16:00.
There is also the online mental wellbeing community, Kooth.
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