A MAN killed in a car crash was named today as a soldier who had served in Iraq.
Matthew John Coldwell, 20, a private, was at home on leave from the Yorkshire Regiment, formerly the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, with whom he had served for three years.
The Rastrick soldier and Huddersfield Town fan had been driving a silver Vauxhall Corsa in Wakefield Road, Copley, Halifax, at around 2.45am on Sunday morning.
He is believed to have lost control of the car, which ploughed into a tree and a bus stop.
In March, 2005, Matthew was among several local soldiers serving in Iraq who sent messages home to their parents via a feature in the Examiner.
His message said he was missing his mum and would be home soon. He told his father to get ready to celebrate.
Matthew's parents were abroad when the accident happened and flew home on Monday.
People tried to resuscitate him at the scene, but he was already dead when emergency crews arrived.
People have complained about the speed of traffic in the area and police have appealed for witnesses.
An inquest is due to open later.
Matthew was a former pupil at Longroyde Junior School in Brighouse and had also studied at Huddersfield Technical College for a short time.
Tributes from his friends described him as a hero who always wanted to join the Army.
He lived with his parents and his brother.