‘A true family man who died doing what he loved’: Family’s tribute to man killed after being hit by car in Rainworth

David Stokes, 33, of Chellaston in Derby

The family of a man who died after being hit by a car in Rainworth while recovering a vehicle have paid tribute to him, calling him a ‘true family man’.

David Stokes, 33, of Chellaston in Derby died at the scene of the collision on the A617 eastbound dual carriageway in Rainworth between Rufford Colliery Lane and the roundabout with the B6020.

The incident happened at around 7.20pm on Friday (June 15); Mr Stokes who worked for the RAC was recovering a vehicle at the time of the collision.

Mr Stokes’ family issued a statement which said: “Words can’t express how much we love and miss him; he was a true family man who died doing the job he loved.

“He will be missed by all.

“We appreciate all of the heartfelt messages of condolence we have received but we’d ask people to allow the family time to grieve at this difficult time.”

The CEO of RAC Dave Hobday said: “David was a dedicated, much loved and valued member of our team and his death has been a terrible shock to all of us at the RAC.

“We continue to work closely with his family and will do everything we can to support them at this incredibly difficult time.

“His death has sparked an enormous reaction from colleagues, friends, other breakdown patrols and recovery workers.

“We will be holding a minute’s silence on Friday (June 22) at 11am in memory of David and are also planning further activity over the coming days to give David’s colleagues an opportunity to remember him.”

Anyone who saw the collision, any motorists who have dash-cam footage or anyone who has any other information about the incident is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 871 of June 15.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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