A tragic young couple were killed on their first date in a horror motorway smash in a BMW.
Tim Grace, 31, was taking Sarah-Jayne Thomas, 28, for a spin in his BMW X5 when he lost control and crashed.
Friends said the couple were on their first date together when the tragedy struck in the one-car crash.
Brunette hairdresser Sarah-Jayne was described by heartbroken friends as an ‘amazing girl’ and ‘fantastic mother’.
Mum-of-two Sarah-Jayne was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the M4 motorway near Bridgend in South Wales on Tuesday.
Father-of-one Tim, a window cleaner, was left with life threatening injuries and taken to hospital for treatment but died on Wednesday night.
Swansea residents Sarah-Jayne Thomas and Tim Grace were killed in a crash on the M4. Friends later revealed the couple were on their first date
Grieving pals and close family members gathered at a racecourse near her home in Penlan, Swansea to release balloons in her memory.
Friend Jordan Thomas said: ‘What a cruel world we live in, RIP Sarah.
‘You were a lovely person and shouldn’t of been taken so soon, my heart goes out to the family and her two precious boys. Sleep tight angel.’
Jordanna Richards said: ‘She was amazing girl, a fantastic mother. She will be missed so much xx’
Jenna Marie said: ‘Awful news, thinking of those beautiful boys and her family.’
Tim, who has a young daughter, was taken to University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, with ‘serious injuries’ where doctors battled to save his life.
The M4 was closed near Junction 37 westbound for seven hours after the crash
Tim Grace, 31, was taking new girlfriend Sarah-Jayne Thomas, 28, for a spin in his BMW X5 when he lost control and crashed
Mum-of-two Sarah-Jayne was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the M4 motorway near Bridgend in South Wales on Tuesday
Mother-of-two Sarah Jayne was killed in the crash on the M4 when she was on a first date
But he too died 24 hours after the crash.
A friend of Tim’s defended his driving, saying: ‘Do you think he set out that day with Sarah going on their first date to crash and not go home?
‘How anyone at this stage can judge is beyond me. People are in shock and grieving including myself.
‘RIP Tim and Sarah. Heartbroken.’
Investigators have appealed for dashcam footage and witnesses as they try to piece together what happened.
The carriageway was closed for seven hours while emergency crews tried to get the couple out of the car and clear the wreckage of the devastating crash.
Friends of the mother-of-two said she was an ‘amazing’ person and a ‘fantastic mother’
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: ‘Officers investigating the fatal road traffic collision which happened on the westbound carriageway of the M4 motorway near Pyle on Tuesday have released the names of the victims.
‘They have been named as Timothy Peter Grace, 31, from Treboeth, Swansea and Sarah-Jayne Thomas, 28, from Penlan in Swansea.
‘Specially trained police officers are supporting both families.
‘South Wales Police is continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner in which the vehicle was being driven prior to it, or who has any dash-cam footage, to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.’