Family pays tribute to 'cheeky' great-grandfather who died after Rawtenstall crash

The family of a 92-year-old man, who died after being hit by a van in Rawtenstall, have paid tribute to him.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:03 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:20 pm

The incident occurred when a Renault TRAFIC van collided with a man on a public car park in Newchurch Road at around 12.45pm on Saturday (March 27).

The pedestrian, who police have now named as Fred Lynsky, suffered a broken hip and was taken to hospital for treatment where he later died.

In a tribute, My Lynsky’s family said: "A family are mourning the unexpected loss of cheeky chappy and great grandfather, Fred Lynsky.

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"Fred, 92 years, was well known around the Rawtenstall area due in part to his love of regular walks into town where he did his shopping to add to his extensive collection of books and CDs. He also liked to pop into the local hostelries for a real ale or two.

"Fred was husband to the late Alice and father of the late Ann. He is survived by his three remaining children, Peter and wife Shirley, David and wife Kathryn, Susan and husband Gary.

"Fred also leaves behind six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with a sixth imminent which he was looking forward to meeting."

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The family of Fred Lynsky (pictured), who died after being hit by a van in Rawtenstall, have paid tribute to him. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Officers are continuing to appeal for information and have urged any eyewitnesses who have not yet spoken to police to get in touch.

Sgt Andrew Hemingway, of the Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: "These are incredibly sad and tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Mr Lynsky’s family.

"We continue to appeal to anyone who can assist our investigation to come forward."

Anybody with information can contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 639 of March 27.

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