Popular Lowestoft man remembered one year after his death in road crash
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His tragic death in a road traffic collision sent shockwaves throughout his home town, with thousands of people paying their tributes online and making donations in his memory.
And now, a year on from that terrible day when he died in a collision on Lowestoft's Tom Crisp Way, popular Scott Smith is still vividly remembered by a community whose heart he captured.
On Saturday (July 16), exactly a year since the 35-year-old of Shadingfield Close, Lowestoft - popularly known as Scottie - died, his relatives held a family gathering. A day earlier, friends and relatives had gathered by the scene of the tragedy, near a pedestrian crossing, where they released balloons in his memory and took part in a motorcycle ride in his honour.
In the immediate aftermath of last year's tragedy, Scottie's sister Donna Elvin, 40, said his death had 'taken a hole out of Lowestoft' - but that relatives were keen to keep his legacy alive.
He had been known across the town for his random acts of kindness and for being involved in many community organisations, such as the Mencap-run Unity Centre and the Fen Park Friends.
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The entrance to Fen Park - Scottie's favourite place and close to where the collision happened - was also adorned with fresh flowers and Manchester City football shirts, in recognition of the team he supported.
'It was just amazing,' said Ms Elvin after Friday's bike ride and balloon release.
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'You expect family to put stuff down, but for people off the streets of Lowestoft to do it - that's just lovely.
'Scottie would be so proud.
'I've never heard anyone speak badly about him.
'When they talk to you about their memories, they always giggle and laugh - that's what he brought.'
Earlier this year, family members unveiled a memorial bench in Fen Park using money raised since he died.
Leftover money was split between three organisations, with a befriending group Scottie attended getting £788, Mencap receiving £938 and the air ambulance £150.