Lanterns will pay tribute to stolen vehicle crash victim
FRIENDS of a man who died at the wheel of a stolen car will light lanterns in his memory.
Andrew Williams, of Clase, was killed in the crash in Ystradgynlais on Saturday morning.
His death has divided the city, with those who knew him paying tribute to a good man who didn't deserve to lose his life, while others have condemned his actions.
Joanne Crocker, 30, who has known Mr Williams since she was a baby, said his family and friends were devastated by the comments, saying the news and circumstances of his death were a "shock".
"He was a lovely person and he was loved by everybody," she said. "It was a big shock. He always worked. He was a hard-working person from when he left school.
"He would do whatever he could get work doing — he didn't mind what he did. He most recently worked as a ground worker in construction, working on drainage."
Asked whether he had been in trouble before Miss Crocker said: "What boy doesn't get into trouble?
"I just want to say something nice about the Andrew we all knew. People are painting him as a bad person.
"I understand the vehicle was stolen and I understand it's wrong — I'm not condoning it — but for him to lose his life (that's not right)."
Lanterns and balloons will be released in memory of the 29-year-old Swans fan at 6pm on Saturday from Beaconsview Road, Clase.
"Friends are getting together where we used to get together," Miss Crocker added. "I imagine there will be lots of people there going by the number of comments left on his Facebook page.
"That shows how well liked he was. I think it will be friends and family there. I think his mum will be there if she's up to it, and his brother and dad."
Opinion on the Evening Post website has also divided readers.
Jiffy wrote: "I feel very sorry for the person who's suffered the loss of their car."
Taweformation commented: "I feel sorry for his family to have to endure his passing! But play with fire and get burned. Stay away from the upper valley we don't need this nonsense up here. He took the outcome!"
But others have jumped to Mr Williams's defence.
Writing on the site, xsxammyx said: "So quick to judge, you don't know Andrew so have a little respect. His friends and family don't want to read them comments how would you feel if it was a member of your family, or a friend, Andrew was a decent loyal friend and loved by all his friends. Everyone makes mistakes!"
However, Cazanne wrote: "That's not a mistake I'm sorry."
And Chelsea said: "At least it was only himself he killed, sad to say another life wasted and we all feel for the family for another son lost before his time, hopefully some kids out there may learn by this boys mistake ... if the courts gave proper sentences it would reduce offences and maybe save a life."