Ethan Samuel Williams
Ethan Samuel Williams

The family of a man who died in a crash near Lichfield have described him as a “happy-go-lucky soul”.

Ethan Samuel Williams, from Chesley Hay, was killed on the A5 in the early hours of 16th November.

The 25-year-old’s family paid tribute to him in a statement.

“Ethan was a happy-go-lucky soul,” they said. “Nothing ever got him down and we have struggled to pick any occasion when he didn’t have a massive smile on his face.

“He was a sportsman and a born leader who captained his rugby teams at Cheslyn Hay High School, Willenhall and Lichfield. 

“Ethan was an adventurer and since finishing university in 2015 travelled extensively through Thailand and Australia, making many lifelong friendships along the way.

“We are so proud of how he could light up any room that he walked into, bringing people together, creating an open warm environment that people relaxed in. 

“We have received hundreds of messages from around the globe, testaments to his charismatic, caring and thoughtful personality. 

“He has left a massive void that can never be filled, not only in our lives but everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him.

“Quite simply – he was a legend.”

The family are trying to trace Ethan’s Tissot watch with a black leather strap which was not found with him at the time of the crash.

Police say the item holds “great sentimental value” and the family would like to recover it.

Anyone with information relating to the watch or the crash can message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 1 of 16 November, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.