Trib­utes to a ‘per­fect man’

Road death sparks calls to switch street lights back on

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

TRIB­UTES have been paid to an Uxbridge man who was hit by a car in an Es­sex street where the light­ing was turned off.

Nick Sher­wood, 25, was struck by an Audi A4 in St An­drews Av­enue, in Colch­ester, at around 3.45am on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 8.

Am­bu­lance crews at­tended, but he was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Dozens of flo­ral trib­utes have been left at the road­side, along with a mes­sage writ­ten by Mr Sher­wood’s girl­friend of three-and-a-half years, Lilie Smyth, 22, who is from Colch­ester.

It read, in part: “You are my best friend, my boyfriend and my whole world. I would have done any­thing to make you happy. I would give the world to have you back just for one day.

“You were the most per­fect per­son to ever walk on this earth, and per­haps that’s why you were taken away from us, no one can be lucky enough to have you for­ever.”

Mr Sher­wood, who worked as an elec­tri­cian for Bal­four Beatty and sup­ported Wy­combe Wan­der­ers FC, had been out for a meal and then drinks be­fore get­ting lost on his way back to Wiven­hoe.

His mother, Heidi, said the fam­ily was ‘ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated and bro­ken­hearted at hav­ing lost our lovely, fun-lov­ing son’.

She is cam­paign­ing for Es­sex County Coun­cil to change its cost-sav­ing pol­icy of turn­ing off street­lights be­tween mid­night and 5am.

She said: “Please help to stop an­other fam­ily from suf­fer­ing in this way.

“You sim­ply must put the street lights back on. What is more im­por­tant, a few pounds or peo­ple’s lives?”

The road was closed for nearly five hours af­ter the ac­ci­dent, while po­lice car­ried out foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions.

The driver, a 29-yearold man from Craw­ley, in Sus­sex, is help­ing po­lice with their in­quiries. He was not in­jured and has not been ar­rested.

Es­sex Po­lice of­fi­cers are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 101, or email col­li­sion­ap­peal@es­sex.pnn.po­

Mr Sher­wood’s fam­ily want res­i­dents to sign a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the street lights to be kept on at night.

To sign, visit http://­brus­ switch_our_street_­lights_ back­_on_pe­ti­tion

Al­ter­na­tively, visit­ti­tion­buzz. com/pe­ti­tions/ switch­street­light­son

n TRAGIC: Nick Sher­wood from Uxbridge, died af­ter be­ing hit by a car in Es­sex. Right, with his beloved girl­friend, Lilie Smyth

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