Trib­utes to man, 22, hit by sus­pected drink-driver

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS SLATER

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a pop­u­lar man who died af­ter be­ing hit by a sus­pected drink-driver.

James Ed­wards, 22, from Poyn­ton, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries when he was struck by a black Audi A5 in Stock­port in the early hours of Satur­day (March 11).

He was taken to hospi­tal but died from his in­juries.

In a state­ment is­sued by the po­lice, his fam­ily said the for­mer Poyn­ton High School stu­dent was due to join the Royal Navy.

It read: “James was the life and soul of the party who was liked by all he met.

“He loved his so­cial life and had a good cir­cle of friends and he would do any­thing for any­body.

“He was very ath­letic, play­ing foot­ball for a lo­cal team, Rich­mond Rovers and en­joyed go­ing to the gym.

“He was a life-long fan of Manch­ester City, hold­ing a sea­son ticket along with his fa­ther and brother.

“He loved to travel and went to many parts of the world.

“This in­spired him to join the Royal Navy, which he had just been ac­cepted into and was ex­tremely ex­cited at this new chap­ter in his life.

“James leaves be­hind his fa­ther, mother and brother who ask that their pri­vacy is re­spected at this time.”

David Waugh, head­teacher at Poyn­ton High School, also paid tribute.

He said: “James was a pop­u­lar and un­fail­ingly cheer­ful stu­dent who formed ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ships with staff and stu­dents.

“As well as his stud­ies he con­trib­uted to the wider life of the school; par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Ca­reer Academies pro­gramme and play­ing for the school foot­ball team. Ev­ery­thing he did he did with a smile on his face and will be greatly missed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with James’ fam­ily and friends.

“It is a tragic loss of life of such a tal­ented, cheer­ful and kind hearted young man.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just be­fore 4.10am in Hazel Grove, Stock­port, on March 11.

The Audi left the scene but po­lice said they later ar­rested the driver, a man aged 29, and a 27-yearold woman on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

The man was also ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drink-driv­ing.

The man has since been bailed un­til Tues­day, May 23, and the woman will face no fur­ther ac­tion.

Sgt Paul Hig­gins, from GMP’s Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit, said: “This is an ab­so­lute tragedy.

“I would like to ex­tend my sin­cere con­do­lences to James’ fam­ily and friends.

“I can’t imag­ine what they must be go­ing through.

“We are con­tin­u­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we are still ap­peal­ing for any­one with any in­for­ma­tion or any­one who may have dash-cam footage to get in touch.

“What in­for­ma­tion you have may be vi­tal in help­ing us get James’ fam­ily the an­swers they de­serve.”

James ‘Hodge’ Ed­wards died af­ter be­ing hit by a black Audi A5

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