A small Wheatbelt town is in mourning after the tragic death of a father-of-three and beloved community member in a fiery car crash at the weekend. Flags flew at half mast in East Beverley as a mark of respect for Daniel Styles, who died when he lost control of his Mazda 3 and hit a tree on Sunday — just days after he celebrated his 29th birthday with family and friends. Police say the crash happened about 6.45pm when Mr Styles was driving east along Quairading-York Road — about two hours south-east of Perth. The impact of the crash caused the car to catch fire. Despite extensive medical efforts, Mr Styles could not be saved and died at the scene. Tributes have flowed for Mr Styles. In an emotional statement, loved ones remembered the “loving father” as one of the “best and hardest workers you could ask for”. They said he had a troubled life as a teenager but managed to turn his life around for his family. “He had a massive heart and was always protecting of his family and friends. He would do anything for them,” sister Michelle Copping told The West Australian. “He loved his children and his partner Courtney endlessly. Both he and his family are extremely proud of how far he had come.” Mr Styles was in his third-year of a heavy diesel mechanic apprenticeship. He also loved motorbike riding, camping and fishing. “Daniel was always up for a beer and a smoke, and he always knew how to make you laugh and light up the room. . .he was the life of the party,” Ms Copping said. “Daniel was an amazing and supportive partner, father, son, brother and friend. “He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, and never forgotten.” Mr Styles’ partner and the mother of his children took to social media to express her grief over the shock loss, saying she wished she had a chance to “say goodbye and hold you one last time”. “My baby, it just can’t be true,” she wrote on Facebook. “I love you so much and I’ll do my best to make you proud. . .I’ll do it for you and our three amazing babies. “They’ll never know (you, but they’ll). . .never forget you my hubby.” Dozens of family and friends have posted their tributes online, remembering Mr Styles as a “good-hearted person to everyone”. One of his close friends wrote he would never forget “all the memories we made”, adding he could not believe his mate is gone. “I’ll never forget you and all the memories we made, they were the best days that I’ll cherish forever,” he wrote. “You were the best friend I could have had, (and) I could never imagine you taken this soon. “Fly high my brother, (until) we meet again.” On Mr Style’s Facebook page one mourner wrote: “The world lost a king yesterday. Soar high brother love you”. “Rest in peace mate you were always so loyal and kind-hearted,” another wrote. “You were younger than most us boys, but still smarter than all of us. You will be deeply missed,” he added. The fatal crash happened just a day before Police Minister Paul Papalia announced the State was on track to have its worst road toll in six years. There have been 168 fatal crashes in WA so far this year, compared to 166 last year. The last time the road toll exceeded that number was in 2016, when there were 196 deaths on WA roads. Since the start of December 1, 13 people have lost their lives on our roads. Launching WA Police’s annual summer traffic operation at a random breath testing site on Monday, State Traffic Commander Alyson Brett said the number was “tragic”. “At the moment in WA, we are sitting on a really tragic number of 165 fatal crashes (at the time) to date this year — that is a significant amount. That is more than we had at this time last year,” she said. Major crash officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the horrific crash in East Beverley and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information, or who saw the Mazda being driven prior to the crash, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online crimestopperswa.com.au Dash-cam or mobile phone footage can be directly uploaded to investigators via this link.