A MAN whose life was shaped by two major accidents has died suddenly aged 44.
Darrel Straw was described as ‘one of the good ones’ after suffering a heart attack at his home in Winshill.
Mr Straw’s life was surrounded by tragedy right until the end.
He twice battled back from the brink of death after suffering two serious head injuries in the last 20 years, firstly when he was hit by a car in Ashby Road, before being involved in a quad bike accident in Bulgaria nearly a decade later.
Both accidents caused major damage to his skull and had a lasting effect on the rest of his life.
Following the accidents, Mr Straw, who also leaves his 13-year-old son Alex, had difficulty with his memory walked with a aid of a stick.
His sudden death left his family reeling.
His mother Eileen Johnson said: “We saw him before, we saw him three times that week and he was perfectly fine.”
Mr Straw’s first major accident during the mid-1990s saw him suffer terrible injuries, including a broken leg and a fractured skull, after being struck by a car.
He then severely damaged his skull for a second time while holidaying with friends in Bulgaria.
But despite twice staring death in the face, he fought back to relative health.
Mrs Johnson said her son never let what happened to him get him down.
She said: “He had terrible pain after the accidents, he had to have pain therapy. But he was the type of person to just get on with life. He wasn’t the type of person to say ‘this has happened to me, boo hoo’. He was very independent.”
Mrs Johnson added: “He was just the most kind person. He was generous and did anything for anybody. He had a tough time. It’s such a shame.
His step-father David Johnson said: “Considering what had happened to him, he was a healthy person. It just came out of the blue.
“He was liked by everybody - nobody had a bad word to say about him.”