‘Our hearts are bro­ken and we are dev­as­tated’

FAM­I­LIES PAY TRIB­UTE TO FRIENDS WHO DIED IN COL­LI­SION TRAGEDY

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By PAUL BRIT­TON paul.brit­[email protected] @PaulBrit­tonMEN

TOUCH­ING tributes have been paid to two men who died af­ter they were hit by a car.

Friends John Keith Brown, 79, and David Cul­leton, 82, were both taken to hos­pi­tal, but pro­nounced dead a short time later.

Mr Brown, known as Keith, was de­scribed by his fam­ily as a muchloved hus­band and gran­dad.

Mr Cul­leton’s fam­ily paid trib­ute to a ‘kind and car­ing dad’ whose smile lit up the com­mu­nity where he lived.

Po­lice and paramedics were called to Uphol­land Road in Billinge, Wi­gan, at around 8.15pm on De­cem­ber 20 to re­ports three pedes­tri­ans had been in­jured dur­ing a col­li­sion with a Ford Kuga.

Mr Brown’s wife of more than 50 years, Ruth, be­lieved to be aged in her 70s, was also taken to hos­pi­tal.

No up­date on her con­di­tion has been re­leased by po­lice but at the time, Mrs Brown’s in­juries were not un­der­stood to be life-threat­en­ing. No ar­rests have been made.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched by po­lice into the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent and is on­go­ing, the force said.

The three were cross­ing Uphol­land Road, close to the junc­tion with Long­shaw Old Road, at the time of the col­li­sion.

In a state­ment re­leased by po­lice, Mr Brown’s fam­ily said: “To our beloved dad, Keith Brown, rest peace­fully.

“Much loved gran­dad and hus­band of over 55 years to Ruth. Sorely missed by fam­ily and friends.”

Mr Cul­leton, a life­long Ever­ton fan, swam reg­u­larly at his lo­cal gym and was a keen walker.

In a state­ment, his fam­ily said: “Our dad Dave was the most kind and car­ing dad we could wish for. Our hearts have been bro­ken and we are ut­terly dev­as­tated that he has been taken in this tragic way.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent can call po­lice on 0161 856 4741 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

David Cul­leton

John Keith Brown

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