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