Council chiefs have paid a heartfelt tribute to a Matlock man who was killed during the weekend after being hit by a car.
Ezra Hytch, aged just 22, died after the collision on the A615 Alfreton Road in Tansley at 12.30am on Sunday.
Mum, Andrea Hytch, said her son had just started working for Derbyshire as a Social Worker in adult mental health after graduating from the University of Bath last year.
Derbyshire County Council Strategic Director for Adult Care Joy Hollister said: “We were extremely saddened to hear of Ezra’s death and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very sad and difficult time.
“Ezra had only been with the Adult Care department since March but he had already proved to be a real asset to his colleagues and the clients he was working with.
“It was clear he was going to make an extremely good social worker and he will be missed greatly by all who knew and worked with him.”
Ezra’s manager at Derbyshire County Council Andy Green, said: “Ezra was both a respected colleague and a friend and he will be deeply missed and never forgotten by everyone who worked with him.
“Although he started work with our team a relatively short time ago he had already had a very positive impact. It was obvious to us all that he had a very promising career ahead of him.”
Meanwhile, tributes have been left on the Mercury’s Facebook page by readers.
Joanne M Walliss said: “Heartbreaking - thoughts go out to all the family.
Cheryl O’Brien said: “Having experienced the traffic in the Tansley area, it was always going to happen one day. My heart goes out to his family.
While Joanne Wilding said: “Tragic. Everyone I have spoken to in Tansley is devastated for him and is family.”
Derbyshire Police confirmed that a file was now being prepared for the coroner.