James Roberts's death in New York crash 'leaves a gap that can never be filled'.
The parents of 18 year-old James Roberts, who was tragically killed in a crash at New York, near Coningsby on October 3, have released a tribute to their son through Lincolnshire Police.
He was found dead by his parents in an upturned car in a roadside ditch still strapped into his seat and with his head underwater.
He was discovered by his mother and father as they drove to his girlfriend's house on Friday, October 4 after he failed to return home the night before.
His father Peter Roberts, 50, from New York, had to smash one of the Rover 214's windows to get inside the car, where he found his son upside down with his head under the water in the ditch alongside Hurn Bridge Road, New York, near Coningsby.
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In a joint statement issued this morning, he and James's mum Stella: "We are devastated over the loss of our youngest son, James.
"He leaves behind a brother, David, a sister Elena, his partner, Alexandra, and their 18-month-old daughter, Lily.
"Without James, our lives will never be the same again, as he leaves a gap that can never be filled.
"He touched so many lives in his short life and he will be greatly missed but always remembered by all his friends and family."
Mr Roberts said the emergency services arrived immediately after the alarm was raised but it was too late.
"They had to lift the car out and cut James out," he said.
"He had been dead since the night before. I think he had gone off the road about six or seven o'clock at night.
"It's an awful time for us at the moment.
"It's just a terrible loss.
"It's like a part of us has died as well."
Mr and Mrs Roberts became worried when James failed to return from work on Thursday, October 3.
The couple rang police and helped officers search through the night.
When there was no sign of him Mr and Mrs Roberts set off to their son's girlfriend's house and passed his crashed car.
Emergency services recovered the car from the water at about 8.30am, on the Saturday.
The call centre worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
James was working at insurance firm iGO4 in Peterborough.
His dad said: "He was full of joy with his daughter.
"He was being a real man, living up to his responsibilities and providing for her.
"He was caring and had a dry sense of humour.
"He had only been at work for less than a year but he seemed to really get involved in things there.
"James was flitting between our house and his girlfriend's. He was on the verge of leaving home."
Lincolnshire Police is urging anybody who saw James’s white Rover 214 on the evening of Thursday, October 3 to call 101.