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The Family Of A Man Who Died In A Collision In Wigan Has Paid Tribute To Him

At around 8.50pm on Thursday 28 February 2019, police were called to reports that a black Vauxhall Zafira had collided with a man riding a mobility scooter.

The mobility scooter driver – 53-year-old Michael Smith – was taken to hospital where he sadly died from his injuries. 

Three people were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving - two men, aged 19 and 29 have been bailed while a 14-year-old boy has been released with no further action. 

Paying tribute to Michael, his family said: Michael was a gentle giant. He had a heart of gold and would try and help anyone. 

“He was the most caring person and would phone up his mum numerous times a day. 

“Michael was born in Southampton with the majority of his family living in Portsmouth. Some family members even live as far afield as Australia and America. 

“We are all very much in shock and no words can describe how much pain we are all in.” 

Anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number 2150 of 28/02/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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