Girlfriend tells of new year horror

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The girlfriend of a man who died in a car accident on New Year’s Day has spoken of her heartbreak after losing her “perfect” partner.

Just hours after ringing in the new year together, Amy Corner, 26, of Bridlington, received the worst news imaginable - that her boyfriend Ben Broadbent, 27, of Hull, had been killed in a car accident.

She said: “Ben and I were away in Birmingham celebrating New Year’s Eve together with his friends.

“We went on nights out and for meals - we just had a really lovely time.

“Ben met my dad for the first time when we came back to Bridlington, before going back to his flat in Hull so he could get some belongings to come back and stay in Bridlington.

“We travelled back separately, arranging to meet back at my house in Bridlington.”

But Ben never made it back to Bridlington on New Year’s Day and was tragically killed after his Vauxhall Astra left the road and hit a tree on the A165 between Brandesburton and Beeford at around 7.10pm.

Amy added: “He should have only been about 10 minutes or so behind me - I checked his Facebook and he had been active and had told one his friends he was setting off for Bridlington.

“I gave him about an hour but he never turned up so I messaged him and heard nothing.

“I messaged his sister and they went round to his flat to see if he was asleep or something.

“About 25 minutes later I got a phone call off Ben’s sister letting me know there had been a car accident and someone matching Ben’s description had been involved.

“I couldn’t believe it, I collapsed on the floor.”

The couple had first met using the online dating app Tinder and soon found themselves spending more and more time with one another.

Amy said: “We couldn’t get enough of each other.

“When I first saw his picture I thought he was really handsome.

“We started messaging then arranged to meet up – we had five dates in one week!

“When we were in Birmingham I was so happy and content – I was looking forward to the future, it was a new start.

“Everything about Ben was perfect.”

Now tributes are flooding in over social media for Ben after Amy described him as having “hundreds of friends.”

Ollie Burton posted on Facebook: “Well mate, you certainly have left a massive hole in all our hearts.

“Thinking of all the Broadbents and Burtons at this terrible time.”

Barry ‘Bazza’ Darnell added: “You are, and always will be, one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met...You are a legend, my heart goes out to your family, miss you big guy.”

Jay Fletcher said: “Such a nice, genuine funny guy... always had a smile on your face.”

Humberside Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them on the non-emergency number 101 referring to log 708 of 01 January 2015.