THE driver in a horrific death crash has been named as Alex Clark - the best friend and future brother-in-law of victim Matthew Saporita.
Alex, 24, of Stanhill Lane, Oswaldtwistle, escaped with cuts and bruises in the crash which happened when his black Subaru Impreza hit a wall on Rising Bridge Road, Haslingden, in the early hours of Tuesday last week.
Firefighters cut the pair from the wreckage but former Mount Carmel High School pupil Matthew, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alex was taken by ambulance to Fairfield Hospital in Bury and later released.
Matthew, a talented swimmer and Burnley FC season ticket holder, was due to play a special double role at his sister Nicola and Alex's wedding.
Although a date had not been set, Matthew, who had just bought his first Porsche, jumped at the chance to give his sister away and act as best man.
High-flying businessman Matthew, who had moved to Leeds, had returned to his mum's home in Whalley Road, Accrington, for a week to see family and friends, when the accident happened.
Devastated mum Wendy Moss, 52, said: "Matthew and Alex were very close.
"Matthew was very proud to be playing such an important role at the wedding."
Childhood sweethearts Nicola and Alex got engaged earlier last month.
This week Matthew's stunned colleagues at construction firm The Cordaman Group, just one of three businesses he ran, revealed their plush new Manchester HQ will be named after him.
Ian Glancy, 48, business development director, said: "When the go-ahead for the building is arranged we will call it Saporita House or Matthew Saporita House.
"It will be in the deeds that the name can't be changed even if we rent it out.
"Matthew had done extra-ordinarily well for a young guy.
"He was mature beyond his years. Losing his father several years ago possibly made him the man he was, it spurred him on.
"He was universally liked, had a great temperament and everyone took to him straight away.
"We all really miss him and the skills he brought to the business."
- Police have re-appealed for witnesses to the accident to come forward.
Sergeant Russell Gregory, of Colne Traffic Police, said: "There was a man at the scene who said he had seen the accident but he hasn't come forward.
"We appeal to him again and to anyone who saw the car being driven along roads in Accrington, Haslingden and Blackburn to call us."
If you can help the police, call 01282 472431.