Man hit and killed by HGV was a ‘proper Liverpool gentleman’

Tributes have been paid to a ‘proper gentleman’ and ‘proper Liverpool character’ after a man was hit by a HGV lorry in Liverpool city centre.

Merseyside Police and the fire service were called to reports of a man being hit by a HGV lorry on Renshaw Street at around 2pm on Sunday, June 20.

The surrounding roads were quickly cordoned off by police as witnesses reported seeing the underneath of the lorry screened off from public view as paramedics attended.

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Police have since confirmed a man died at the scene of the crash.

The man has not been formally identified and attempts are being made to trace next of kin, Merseyside Police has said.

A spokesperson from the force said: “We can confirm an investigation is ongoing following a fatal collision in Liverpool city centre yesterday afternoon (Sunday, June 20).

“Just before 2.10pm, officers were called to Renshaw Street, between Brownlow Hill and Newington Street, to reports of a collision involving a HGV and a pedestrian.

“The male pedestrian was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

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“Enquiries are continuing to formally identify him and notify his next of kin.

“The driver of the HGV, a 31-year-old man, stopped at the scene and is assisting with enquiries.”

Many ECHO readers have sent their condolences to the man.

Sheila Teasdale said: “Oh my word R.I.P. I pray his family is found soon. Condolences to family and friends.”

Kelly Galt said: “Hope his family are found soon and also the driver is ok tragic.”

Jacqui McLelland said: “Praying that this poor man’s family can be found so he can be laid to rest.”

Paul Bailey said: “Good night Iggy a proper gentleman and a good blue you will be missed by all lad.”

Replying to Paul Bailey, Mick Cattrell said he was a “proper Liverpool character”.

James Simpson said: “Such a tragic accident. RIP to the man that lost his life and I hope the driver can get over the ordeal without shame or guilt on his part.”

An appeal has been made for anyone who knew the man to come forward so that they can identify him and notify his next of kin.

Anyone who knew the pedestrian, witnessed the collision, or has any CCTV or dashcam footage, is asked to contact @MerPolCC, the Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747, 101 quoting reference 21000431288 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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