A FATHER-OF-TWO who was killed in a late-night car accident had taken his wife out on a shopping trip earlier in the evening.
Accident investigators are trying to dis-cover the cause of the crash in which Keith Dougherty, 39, of Wrexham Road, Caergwrle, died.
He was killed when his car hit a wall in Hawarden Road as he returned home after visiting relatives.
The roofer was driving his green Peugeot 206 and the road was closed for more than four hours after the accident, which happened at 11.50pm on July
Mr Dougherty is survived by his wife Michelle and children Daniel, 13, and Anthony, 15.
An inquest was opened and adjourned by North East Wales coroner John Hughes last Friday.
Mrs Dougherty has been overwhelmed by the messages of sympathy she has received from the community.
'I want to thank everyone who has given their support,' she said.
'My husband worked hard and was a dedicated family man. He was well-loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.'
Mrs Dougherty said her husband had been visiting relatives just before the fatal crash.
'Earlier in the evening he had taken me out in the car, and we had been to a DIY store shopping,' she added.
Mr Dougherty's cousin Sandra Jones, of Mold Road, Caergwrle, said: 'Keith ran a roofing business for more than 10 years and was very well known around the area and very well liked.
'We just don't know what has happened. Michelle will be absolutely devastated without him. I just can't believe he is gone.
'Everybody is in shock.' Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information should ring 0845 607 1002.
Mr Dougherty was a member of the Monday night darts team at the Crown Inn, Caergwrle.
Licensee Dawn Phillips said: 'It's a tragedy and everyone will miss him greatly. He was quite quiet and kept himself to himself.
'Our thoughts are with his family.'