Tributes to Coppull walker in tragedy

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Tributes have been paid to a pedestrian killed after he was struck by a lorry.

Ian Leaver, 40, described as ‘a keen walker, who would be missed by all’, died after he was hit by an HGV on Coppull New Road on Friday morning.

The accident happened between Birkacre Brow and Clancutt Lane at around 10.45am.

Police said they received a call to say a Coppull man in his 40s, had been hit by a lorry.

In a statement on behalf of his family, Mr Leaver’s mother Marilyn said: “Ian was loving son and brother.

“He was a keen walker and could often be seen walking in the Coppull and Chorley areas.

“He was a quiet, private man who loved the area in which he lived and its natural beauty.

“He will be missed by everybody who knows him.Ian has done his last walk today.”

Mr Leaver also leaves a brother, Carl.

Coppull New Road was closed for just under three hours for accident investigation to take place with traffic diverted via Birkacre Brow.Les Ryding, 64, of Spendmore Lane, Coppull, was travelling from the village towards Chorley minutes after the accident.

He said: “It was obviously very serious.

“Several cars had stopped to help and the people who had got out of their vehicles looked shocked.

“There were four or five police cars and ambulances there.”

Police are continuing to seek people who may have witnessed the incident.

Sergeant Sean Cunningham, from Lancashire’s road policing unit, said: “We are trying to establish the circumstances around exactly what happened and would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area around the time and may have witnessed anything to come forward.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20121207-0391.

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