The family of a "doting grandad" killed in a crash said he is now "finally reunited with his beloved wife" after 15 years apart.

Charles Patterson died after being hit by a silver Vauxhall Astra car on Moorgate Road in Kirkby on Wednesday, December 1.

Emergency services attended but the 79-year-old, who had dementia and Alzheimer's, died at the scene.

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The driver stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries.

Mr Patterson's family has today paid tribute to him. In a statement they said: "It is with deepest sadness that we have to announce the tragic passing of Charles Patterson, 79, after a road side collision near his home in Kirkby.

"Loving father to Donna and Darren, doting grandad to his five grandchildren, and good friend to many.

Charles Patterson sadly died after being hit by a car in Kirkby
Charles Patterson sadly died after being hit by a car in Kirkby

"After 15 years apart, Charlie is finally reunited with his beloved wife, Doris.

"After surviving Covid last year and battling dementia and Alzheimer's, he is now at peace.

"As a family, we would kindly request privacy as we deal with this devastating loss.

"We would also like to extend our thanks to the emergency services; who both attended the scene and are assisting us in our time of grief."

A road closure was put in place on Moorgate Road following the crash on Wednesday and drivers were asked to find alternative routes.

Sergeant Mat Shaw said: “We have launched an investigation into this tragic incident and are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed the collision.

“If you were driving in the Moorgate Road area just before 5pm and have any dashcam footage, please review it and get in touch if you see anything that may assist our enquiries. Any information, however small it may seem, could prove vital to our investigation.

“Whether you choose to get information to us directly or anonymously, through Crimestoppers, any information you provide will be acted upon.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call our Matrix Roads Policing Unit on (0151) 777 5747, email [email protected], or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 21000834116.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.