Family pay tribute to man who died in Norris Green collision

The family of 81-year-old John Newton, who died in a road traffic collision in Norris Green last weekend, have paid tribute.

Emergency services were called at 6.27pm on Sunday, 25 February, to reports that a silver Ford Transit van being driven on Utting Avenue East had been involved in a collision with a male pedestrian.

John was taken to hospital but sadly passed away the following day.

In a tribute, John’s family said, “The family wish to express their sincere thanks to everyone that came to help our beloved Dad. John is missed by his whole family including children, grandchildren and the community we live in.

“He was well known in the area having owned his own garage and worked as a mechanic for over 50 years before semi-retiring last year. He was still very active and enjoying running and cycling.

“We hope that those responsible for his death or that know anything will have a turn of conscience and come forward to the police. He will forever be in our hearts.”

Detective Sergeant Jason Higham, from Merseyside Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU), said, “Our thoughts are with the man’s family, and they are being supported at this difficult time. 

“I would like to thank those that helped at the scene of the incident on Sunday night, and who have helped with our enquiries to identify the man which assisted in finding his family before he died.”

Shortly after the collision, a 25-year-old man from Norris Green and a 44-year-old woman from Westvale in Kirkby were arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug driving offences after officers spotted the van, believed to have been involved in the collision, parked up at the junction of Hollingbourne Place and Hollingbourne Road in Norris Green.

Following further enquiries officers arrested a 37-year-old man from Mossley Hill on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He is in police custody for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Higham added, “Despite three arrests having been made in connection with the man’s death, I appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw a silver van being driving around the area or parked on Hollingbourne Place or Hollingbourne Road with damage to the front of it to please get in touch.

“The investigation is ongoing, and I would ask that if you were in the area at the time or saw the van driving from the scene or being parked up to please review your CCTV or dashcam in case something that may help the investigation was captured. Every piece of information, no matter how small, could help us with our ongoing enquiries.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision or captured anything on CCTV or dashcam is asked to contact Serious Collision Investigation Unit on (0151) 777 5747, or email SCIU@merseyside.police.uk

Alternatively, DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 24000203760.

Image: John Newton/Family handout

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