Hymn vigil as crash vic­tim dies af­ter 25 days on life sup­port

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

ADAD-OF-TWO hit by a car as he walked to work near the Manch­ester Apollo has died af­ter 25 days on sup­port.

Wil­liam Afenyi, 45, never re­gained con­scious-

life ness fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on March 11 and passed away with mem­bers of his church singing hymns bed­side.

Trag­i­cally, Wil­liam’s wife and two chil­dren,

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his who live in Ghana, were un­able to get visas to the UK to be with him be­fore he died.

Mem­bers of the Res­ur­rec­tion Faith Fam­ily Church in Miles Plat­ting, where Wil­liam was a con­gre­ga­tion mem­ber, had been keep­ing a vigil at his bed­side while try­ing to raise money for his fam­ily’s flights.

But Wil­liam never re­cov­ered from hor­rific head and in­ter­nal in­juries af­ter be­ing hit by a car as he walked to get the bus to work. He died on Sun­day, April 5 at Sal­ford Royal hos­pi­tal.

Wil­liam, from Ghana, had come to Manch­ester five years ago and lived on Clare Walk in Ard­wick.

A fa­ther of two daugh­ters, it is be­lieved he had been plan­ning to re­turn to Ghana when he died.

His fam­ily said: “Wil­liam Afenyi was a man of few words but the type to quickly come to one’s help.

“Ed­u­ca­tion meant more to him so he tried to put his two girls through school and the older one is in her sec­ond se­mes­ter at uni­ver­sity.

“He helped us un­der­stand the value of ed­u­ca­tion and his say­ing was ‘knowl­edge is power’.

“His love of sports made him popular amongst neigh­bours and church mem­bers and his demise is a big blow to us.

“Un­cle Wil­liam we pray you rest well and smile down on us when we make you proud one day. RIP.”

Pas­tor Thomas Sas­raku, from the Res­ur­rec­tion Faith Fam­ily Church, said: “Wil­liam was a very hum­ble per­son, every­body liked him. He tried to bring peace and or­der wher­ever he went and if you needed sup­port he was some­one you could rely on.

“He was a very com­mit­ted Chris­tian and at ev­ery sin­gle church meet­ing.”

Ard­wick Green South was closed through­out morn­ing rush hour fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

A 33-year-old man has been charged with fail­ing to stop at the scene of a col­li­sion, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance and fail­ing to pro­vide a sam­ple.

Shu­jait Hus­sain, of Reynell Road, Longsight, has been bailed un­til May 12.

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