Family and friends of a nightclub reveller have been left 'devastated' after he was identified as the first victim of a shocking car accident which killed all three passengers.
Jason De Belen, 36, was traveling over a bridge in Notting Hill in West London on Tuesday morning on the way back from a club when his friend's vehicle began to spin out of control.
The motor then hit a nearby block of flats near Westbourne Park, sending bricks and debris flying across the street.
Onlookers have said that one of the men, still unknown, could be heard shouting for help, reportedly saying "get me out of here!"
Nearby residents attempted to rescue Mr De Belen and his two co-passengers from the wreckage, but had to quickly flee the scene when the vehicle exploded into bright yellow flames.
Brian Waldy, 70, who lives in a basement flat next door to the crash, said: "I heard this big crash and at least 10 full sized bricks fell down onto the stairs outside."
'I put my dressing gown on and came out and saw the bright yellow flames enveloping the car – about a metre high.
"There was a man a couple of metres away shouting into the car something about the seatbelt buckle. "
'But then someone else shouted ''move away, bro, it's going to blow'', so the guy moved back and got out of the way."
"Then there were at least two explosions and so, to be safe, I went back to my front door."
A close friend of Mr De Belen paid tribute to a "warm-hearted, lovely guy" that "doted on his nine-year-old niece", and shared that two other men killed in the incident were the driver and a barman who had just finished a shift at the nightclub.
He said: "They had given one of the barmen a lift. I'm not sure if they knew him or were just being nice and offered to take him home."
"But Jason's family and friends are devastated as you can imagine. He'll be missed so much."
The tragedy for the De Belen family comes only a few weeks after Jason's uncle passed away in the Philippines.
His aunt, Estrella Hernandez, posted an emotional message of remembrance to the two men on Facebook, writing: "Our whole family is deeply saddened and grieving by the loss of our two loved ones."
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"My brother Efren Garcia who suffered from illness and my nephew Jason Garcia De Belen who died in a car accident in Notting Hill London."
'It is so painful for our whole family to lose them during these hard times. Our failure to glance [sic] our nephew in person brings us too much sorrow and pain, not bidding him goodbye in his resting place."
Detectives at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit have made an urgent appeal for witnesses or motorists with any footage of the car from dash cams to come forward.
Anyone with information, video or images that could help police are being asked to call 101 with the reference CAD 917/14 Sept.
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