A HEARTBROKEN family have revealed the son of a man killed in a crash during Storm Malik is tragically still waiting for his dad to come home.
Bogdan Popa, 32, died after his lorry crashed into a car on the M74 in Lanarkshire last Saturday.
He had been driving his HGV when he smashed onto the other side of the carriageway, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The dad-of-one’s family are “devastated” by his death and had been working as a lorry driver for the last two years.
His niece Monica Tudorie, 19, told the Daily Record: "His wife is really devastated and we're all in shock, we don't believe it's real.
"Everyone is still waiting for him to come back. But the most difficult part is his son, he keeps waiting for his dad.
"My auntie is in a really difficult state. We never expected this, he's a professional lorry driver who travelled around all Europe.
"He was a really good driver, he never had any problems. Even when this happened, and police explained everything, they said it wasn't at all his fault.
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"He had his seatbelt on and he wasn't on his mobile or anything like that, he never would, it was nature – but it was because of the wind."
Monica says her uncle, who was from Romania but lived in Liverpool, was a family man and doted on his son, 12.
The family have set up a fundraiser, with a goal of £5,000 to take his body back to Romania for a funeral.
A message from his family on the page read: "Please with a lot of regards try and help Popa family for his raising fund to be send back home Romania as he needs to be close to his family.
"Thank you so much for your kindness."
Monica added: "For us, he was the best person. He was the best carer and loved spending time with his son. They are both so clever and so into their gaming.
"Before finding out what happened to his dad, my little cousin explained to me he was having trouble accessing his dad's GPS on his lorry and was worried.
"When he saw the news, I think he was scared that it was his dad.
"And then police officers came to the house and told us."
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