Tributes paid to man killed in Fulwood crash

Posted on - 23rd July, 2014 - 11:31pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Preston News
Derek Russell with his wife Sam

Derek Russell with his wife Sam

The wife of a driver who lost control of his car in Fulwood and died has paid tribute to him.


Derek Russell was killed after his Peaugeot 307 collided with a lamppost on Eastway on Tuesday around 3.30pm.

Russell, 52, was taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

His wife of 11 years, Sam, said: “Derek was Derek. Derek lived an interesting and fun filled life with love and laughter and touched many hearts along the way. A popular guy with a huge personality, it is a truly tragic loss of a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend to many.

“Derek was born in Scotland and was a keen Glasgow Rangers fan. He has lived for the

“He worked as a butcher for most of his life and was very well known in the local pubs and social club scene – he loved playing pool, snooker and darts and won lots of trophies as a result.

“His death leaves a massive hole in lots of people’s lives – he will be sadly missed.”

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward who saw the collision.

Sgt Dave Hogarth, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Mr Russell’s family and friends. We are investigating the circumstances of the collision and I would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1036 of July 22nd

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