TAUNTON — The father of the Taunton man killed Sunday night in a single-vehicle crash on Dean Street said his son was well-liked and cared about others.

“He was a hell of a good kid; he had a good heart,” Gene Flint of Berkley said, adding that “he had problems, but he was working through them.”

Flint’s 45-year-old son, Kyle Horton, was killed late Sunday night after he apparently lost control of his 1999 Toyota Tacoma truck while heading west on Dean Street/Route 44.

Police said Horton was declared dead at the scene.

Horton was thrown from his small truck after hitting a guardrail on the opposite side of the street, after having crossed the intersection of Arlington and Dean streets, police said.

Police crash reconstructionist Lt. Paul Roderick previously has said that at least one witness — who was driving in the same direction on the same road that night — described the driver of the truck as having crossed the solid line in order to pass vehicles, just after passing through the intersection of Longmeadow Road and Route 44.

The wrecked Toyota pickup was towed to Mac’s Towing on Longmeadow Road.

One of the truck’s tires was flat and another was obviously worn, or bald.

Police did not release Horton's name until Thursday.