A MINIBUS driver has told how he tried to comfort a 21-year-old man before he died on Sunday following a road crash.

Kasar Shazab, 30, had parked his minibus, which he uses to drive children with disabilities to school, outside his house in Hoe Lane, near the junction with Mapleton Crescent.

He said: “I was sleeping and I heard a loud noise like an earthquake. I knew it was my minibus that had been hit. I saw the BMW from upstairs and realised it was serious. People started coming out of their houses. I called to my dad to call an ambulance.”

On reaching the car he said he found Habib Topalli alive, and held him in his arms and tried to comfort him. Mr Topalli was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

He said: “I tried to comfort him, I was talking to him. I’ve been affected by it since that day, it’s hard to sleep at night.”

He added: “My heart goes out to the family, I can’t imagine what they feel. I tried to help as much as I could.”