Described as "a pillar of strength", tributes have been paid to a 23-year-old who was killed during a crash on the M25 in Hertfordshire.

Fahad Dek sadly died during a crash between Junctions 22 and 21A on Sunday, February 4.

Fahad was travelling in a van which was involved in a collision with three other vehicles. Zoe Hawes from Canvey Island in Essex was also killed.

The driver of the van - Barancan Nurcin, of High Road in Tottenham - has pleaded guilty to offences relating to the crash.

The circumstances of the collision are also being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

In a tribute, the family of Fahad Dek from Enfield said: “Fahad, was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin.

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Fahad Dek, who sadly died during the crash between St Albans and Watford.Fahad Dek, who sadly died during the crash between St Albans and Watford. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

“He was a pillar of strength and was cherished by us all.

"Fahad’s infectious smile and laughter will forever echo in our hearts. Fahad’s presence, tragically taken from us, leaves an irreplaceable void.

"He will be eternally cherished and remembered.

“As the eldest among his siblings, Fahad exemplified grace and dedication, nurturing his brothers and sisters with boundless love and compassion.

“The sudden loss of Fahad has shattered the hearts of his grandma and great grandma too; they relied on his unwavering support.

"Their world has been torn apart, leaving them utterly shattered and adrift in a sea of grief.

"The emptiness left by Fahad's absence is profound, and their pain immeasurable as they, struggle to navigate each day without his comforting presence by their side."