Touching tribute for Hatfield man who died in A1(M) crash

PUBLISHED: 08:10 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:15 08 June 2017

Hatfield's Zoltan Szollosi died following a crash on the A1(M) near Welwyn last Friday.

Hatfield's Zoltan Szollosi died following a crash on the A1(M) near Welwyn last Friday.

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The family of a Hatfield motorcyclist who died in a collision on the A1(M) last Friday have paid tribute to a “hardworking, kind and helpful” son, boyfriend and friend.

Zoltan Szollosi, 28, was travelling to work in Cambridge on his beloved Suzuki Hayabusa along the northbound carriageway just before 7.30am when he was in collision with the central reservation, near to Junction 6 for Welwyn.

Zoltan died at the scene, and leaves his father Ferenc, brothers Ferenc and Laszlo, girlfriend Nikolett Gazsi and many friends including Nikolett’s brother Zsolt.

The professional welder was born in Kerepestarcsa, Hungary, as the youngest of three boys. Zoltan’s father Ferenc raised him single-handedly from the age of six and the pair shared a close bond.

Ferenc, who works as a long-distance lorry driver, said: “Words can’t describe how we are feeling at the moment. Zoltan was loved by everyone. He always helped people who needed it.”

Zoltan had a keen interest in cars and mechanics from an early age, following in his father’s footsteps. Ferenc passed on his talent for fixing cars to his youngest son and he also taught him to drive.

Girlfriend Nikolett, who had been with Zoltan for a year, said: “He was just awesome. We made such a good team.

“He was always happy, we never had an argument in all the time we were together. It is a true love. I will miss him so much.”

Zoltan first moved to the UK seven years ago, first living in London before moving to Welham Green, Welwyn Garden City and then settling in Hatfield four years ago.

At first he worked as a kitchen porter and a warehouse operative before deciding to return to welding, a skill he had first learned at school.

He studied for extra qualifications before getting a job in London. He had been in his new post in Cambridge for just three weeks before he passed away.

His friend Zsolt said: “Zoltan was a very hard worker. He worked his way up from the bottom and loved his job. He had always seen his future in the UK, he loved it here. He had many friends and will be very sadly missed.”

Zoltan’s family says he “always had a smile for everyone”.

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