AN Aussie living in Swindon, who was fatally injured in a car crash, has saved seven lives by donating his organs.

And the popular former Network Rail employee, who touched the lives of many people, is to have a specialist train named in his honour.

Gavin Roberts, 28, moved to the town five months ago from Dapto, New South Wales, and the previous night before the crash had met his new girlfriend's parents for the first time.

He had been driving to work for a night shift as a construction manager when another vehicle, travelling in the opposite direction, lost control and hit the central reservation just before 10pm on the A34 near Newbury.

It careered into the lane Gavin was travelling in and struck his BMW.

The electrical engineer graduate suffered a heart attack, fractured vertebra and cracked ribs and was experiencing lung problems. There was also no blood flow to his brain and he was put into a coma.

Doctors carried out numerous tests and scans but he continued to show no signs of responding.

His mum Rose Joshua, 62, brothers Nathan Roberts, 29, and Brendan Tuck, 39, and father Geoff Roberts flew from Australia to be by his side.

But despite undergoing emergency treatment at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Gavin died on Wednesday, June 15.

He had registered to be an organ donor and his heart, lungs, kidneys, spleen, pancreas and liver have now been donated, something his family are incredible proud of.

"This is the Gavin that keeps on giving, from his death he passes on the gift of life," said brother Brendan, a fitness coach.

"May he continue to live on, not only in our hearts but within those who now carry his organs.

"Gavin was very outgoing, very friendly. If you knew him for five minutes you wanted to be his mate and you felt like he was your brother.

“He would draw you in with his charisma and charm. He was genuine and a typical friendly Aussie.

“He loved travelling. Every weekend he had off he was always on a plane flying to a new country. He went to New Zealand, Bali, Adelaide, Rome, Mexico, the US, Dublin, Spain and Portugal.”

A Go Fund Me campaign intending to help pay for Gavin’s medical costs and his return to Australia has raised more than $34,000 and is now being used to help his family pay for his repatriation, funeral and wake.

A funeral for his colleagues and friends in Swindon took place at Christ Church in Old Town last week where they gathered to share memories of the Aussie.

Gavin’s family have also praised Network Rail for their support. They paid for the family’s flights, accommodation, expenses, hire car and gave them thousands of pounds if they need to return to the UK.

The company is naming a prestigious engineering factory train The Gavin Roberts after him which will be used for the new electrification works on the railways. Only one other ‘HOOB’ – High Output Operating Base – has been named after someone and that was the Brunel, as chosen by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Brendan added: “They have been phenomenal.”

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