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The family of a Newport man who died in a collision on the M4 on Monday 29 January has paid tribute to him, describing him as a ‘gentle giant’.
The family of a Royal Navy veteran and NHS worker from Newport, who died in a collision on the M4, has paid tribute to him, describing him as a ‘gentle giant’.
Officers attended a report of a road traffic collision involving three cars– a BMW X4, a Vauxhall Agila and a Volkswagen Polo – at around 9pm on Monday 29 January.
The driver of the Vauxhall, a 52-year-old Newport man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
He can now be named as Paul Slater; his next of kin have been informed and are receiving support from specialist officers.
Paul’s family paid tribute to him, saying:
“Paul Slater, the gentle giant, was adored by all and a keen lover of Greggs. He was a dedicated father, loving husband and son.
“Born in Yorkshire, he ended up in Wales after falling in love with Ann his loving wife from Cardiff.
“Paul leaves behind his legacy in his two beautiful daughters Victoria-Rose and Alexandra who he loved dearly and were his entire world.
“Seldom have you ever met a more educated and righteous man, he was generous and helped any soul in need.
“Paul served his country in the Royal Navy for more than 22 years serving across the world before returning home and continuing to help those in need in the NHS.
“As a family we wish to share our appreciation for all the emergency services who tried to help Paul, so we know he was not alone and many thanks to those who continue to help.
“We would like to ask if anyone has any information or dash camera footage to contact the Gwent Police.”
A Cardiff man, 34, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later released on bail as enquiries continue.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or send us a direct message on social media, quoting log reference 2400034015.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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