THE DEATH of ‘a perfect gentleman’ who was involved in an accident with a car outside a Stowmarket supermarket has left his neighbours in shock.
Ronald Child, an 89-year-old pedestrian, was in collision with a silver VW Fox at the ASDA supermarket off Wilkes Way, shortly after 2pm on Friday.
Mr Child was unconscious when paramedics arrived and had a head wound and a lower leg fracture, according to the East of England Ambulance Servivce.
He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, but died there later.
An area of the ASDA car park was closed for about five hours on Friday while forensic collision investigators carried out inquiries.
An inquest into Mr Child’s death was opened and adjourned on Tuesday. The car driver, a 57-year-old woman from Stowmarket, was not injured in the incident.
Mr Child had lived in Grinstead Gardens, Needham Market, for about 30 years and was well liked by his neighbours.
A Norwich City football supporter, he often participated in banter with a nearby Ipswich Town supporterwho said that his friend ‘will be sorely missed’.
Neighbour Dave Proctor said: “He was a smashing bloke.”
“He was a perfect gentleman,” said Mr Proctor’s wife, Cathy.
Although the couple have only lived in the street for two years they had become fond of Mr Child, who was one of 12 guests at a social gathering they hosted two weeks ago.
Mrs Proctor said: “He was lovely company – I’m so glad we had that night with all the neighbours, he just loved doing the social thing.”
Reg Aldous, another neighbour, said: “It’s such a shame – everybody was shocked down here. He was the sort of person who’d help you if he could in any way.”
Mr Child’s son said his father was a private person and he did not want to comment at this time. Mr Child’s wife is believed to live in a nearby nursing home.
Police are urging anyone who witnessed the collision to contact 01473 613500.
John Matthisen, Green councillor for Mid Suffolk District Council, said he had concerns about pedestrian access in the car park.