THE family of the man who died after a car collided with a tree in Newton-le-Willows on Monday night have paid tribute to him.

Jonathan Mennell, who died in the incident on Southworth Road, issued the following tribute: "As a family we are deeply saddened and shocked to hear our lovely Jonny, has passed away.

"Beloved Son, Father, Brother, Nephew, Cousin and Friend to all.

"Anyone that knew Jonny will be devastated by this news, as all he did was make people laugh and smile.

"He will be forever missed, may he now rest in peace."

A second man, in his 30s, was also injured. It is not thought any other vehicles were involved.

A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs. He is currently in custody.

There are road closures in the area while accident investigation work is carried out and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Detective Sergeant Andy Roper from the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the man who sadly passed away.

“Enquiries are in the very early stages as we seek to establish what has taken place and we were appealing for any motorists who were driving in the area of Southwood Road who think they captured anything on their dash cam to contact us.

“Investigation work is ongoing and I would like to thank motorists and those living locally for their patience while this important work is being carried out.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any dashcam footage of the collision is asked to call Merseyside Police's Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit on (0151) 777 5747, email, or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 24000517191.