Don't let our Terry's death be in vain: Relatives of hit-and-run victim speak out

Terry Brown

Terry Brown

First published in News

THE family of a father-of-three killed in a hit-and-run collision is calling for drivers to take care around cyclists.

Terry Brown, aged 47, died from head injuries after being involved in a crash with a car on Warrington Road, Bold Heath, on February 18.

Following his death, brother David Brown, aged 46, said he wants drivers to heed the tragic accident as a warning to be cyclist aware.

“We don’t want Terry’s death to be in vain,” said David, who immediately travelled from his home in Australia after hearing news of the collision.

The extent of brain injuries suffered by his brother meant he arrived too late.

He added: “We want people to be aware of cyclists and the dangers they face on the road.

“They have just as much right to be on the road as anyone else.

“If another incident like Terry’s death can be prevented then it won’t have been in vain.”

Terry was described by loved ones as a “fun-loving man who only wanted to help other people’.

The keen cyclist, who was a member of North Cheshire Clarion Cycling Club, lived in Great Sankey, Warrington.

He was father to three children, Anthony, aged 25, Francesca, aged 15, and Luke, aged 13.

Sister Nicola Keatley, aged 41, from Prestwich, recalled how he always called her ‘Little Sis’ and was best man at her wedding.

She called him Peter Pan because he appeared younger than his age.

“He had fantastic morals, and when showing his crazy side he was like Peter Pan to me, a brilliant big brother,” said Mrs Keatley.

Brother David would spend weeks exploring Australia with Terry, including scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

He said: “He was a dedicated father and fun-loving guy, who cherished his family life.

“We got to see these sights and forge incredible memories.

“It’s those memories that keep you going and you look back on now.”

David said he loved sport, supported Manchester United, and played table tennis in the Warrington and District League.

He would often cycle to work in Liverpool as packing manager at Princes Food.

The funeral of Terry Brown takes place at St Mary’s Church in Prestwich on Friday.

Family have asked non-relatives to donate to brain injury charity Headway in Terry’s memory.

To do so go to a tribute page terry.brown.muchloved.com.

A 38-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving is on police bail while an investigation into the collision continues.

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