New Year's Day car crash victim Ryan Moore had just proposed
A 22-YEAR-old man who died in a car crash on New Year's Day had proposed to his childhood sweetheart hours earlier.
Popular Ryan Moore's fiancee Hayley Johnstone is due to give birth to their first child in five weeks' time.
Ryan, from Hartcliffe, was on his own driving a friend's car when it crashed in Bishopsworth. Police are still trying to discover what caused the white Citroen Saxo to leave the carriageway and hit a building on Queen's Road at about 3.15am on Tuesday.
Distraught Hayley told The Post: "Words cannot come close to describing how much Ryan meant to me. He was such a big part of my life and made the last nine years the happiest time of my life."
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Their son will be called Ryley, adopting parts of both parents' names.
"It will be hard living without him, but at least we will have a part of him in our little boy Ryley," said Hayley, also 22. "Ryan was so happy that he was going to be a dad. We had so much to look forward to – it was meant to be our year. I will never forget him and I will love him forever."
The couple had been living at the Moore family home in Hawkfield Road, saving to get a mortgage for their own place.
Hayley said she was overcome with joy when Ryan proposed on New Year's Eve, before the couple went out for a meal with family, then on to a house party in Bishopsworth. She drove Ryan's brothers Daniel, 23, and Jordan, 17, home, and Ryan was intending to follow not long after.
Hayley said: "The last time I saw him it was at about 2.20am. He said he would be home soon and that he loved me.
"I was woken up at 5am by a police officer knocking at the door. No one even knew he had been out in a car – he hadn't even told anyone he was leaving the party. It's not something he would do."
Remembering what people loved most about her son, Ryan's mum Lana, 44, said: "He was always smiling. No one will ever forget his lovely smile.
"Ryan was always there for his many friends and family. He would have been the best dad ever – he was like a child magnet.
"What's happened is a tragic accident and our lives are never going to be the same again.
"We just don't know why he got into that car – it's not like Ryan at all, anyone will tell you that. Maybe that question will never be answered for us."
Ryan's dad Kevin, 46, said: "He was the life and soul of every party. To me, he was my son, but he was also my mate."
Fighting back tears, he added: "I'm happy the baby is going to be a boy because I want to see Ryan's smile on his face."
Daniel, whose sons Kyle, three, and two-year-old Dylan idolised their uncle, said: "Ryan was always up for a laugh and would do anything to make people happy. He was like a brother to everyone he knew."
Ryan was born at Bristol Maternity Hospital on September 28, 1990.
He went to Teyfant Primary School before attending Hartcliffe School.
Ryan worked for Living Colour tattoo artists before joining his dad's building firm. At the time of his death, he worked in waste collection for May Gurney – a job he enjoyed as he tried to provide for Hayley and their first-born.
During his teenage years, Ryan was a talented motocross rider and his dad would take him all over the country to race for his team, Bristol Spartans. He also loved nothing better than having a kick-about with his mates and turned out for Hareclive Pumas in his younger days.
Following Ryan's death, his family have received condolences from as far away as Australia and scores of messages and tributes have been posted on website Facebook.
Ryan will also be sorely missed by Nanny Marg, Pampy Merv, Nanny "C" and Pampy Clive.
Tomorrow, from 1pm until late, there will be a fundraiser in Ryan's memory at the Hartcliffe Inn on Brocks Road. Organised by family friends Dean Partridge and Chris Nicholls, there will be an auction and a raffle with the proceeds going towards his funeral, Hayley and the baby. Anyone who wants to donate a prize can bring it to the pub or call Dean on 0771 226 4033 or Chris on 0790 909 0947.
The cause of Ryan's death is still to be confirmed.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which happened on Queens Road, near the junction with King Georges Road. Anyone with information should call 101.