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Tributes paid to ‘caring and devoted’ granddad, 79, killed by flying tyre
September 4, 2020
Tributes have poured in to a “caring and devoted” granddad who was killed by a flying tyre in Devon.
79-year-old Peter Smith was struck by the wheel while walking his beloved pet dog close to a busy dual carriageway.
Police said a Mitsubishi L200 was towing a trailer which lost a wheel.
The tyre flew from the trailer and hit the pensioner, killing him at the scene.
In a statement, his friends and family said: "Peter was a caring and devoted dad, granddad, friend and dog lover.
His heartbroken family paid tribute to the work of the police as they thanked the public for their well wishes.
"He will leave a void in everyone's life whom had the pleasure of knowing him.
"Matthew, Samantha and family would like to express their thanks to everyone for their continuing support during this unexpected time, especially to Devon and Cornwall Police for all they have done and are continuing to do."
Emergency service scrambled to the incident on the A38 near Newton, Devon, on Tuesday.
The road was closed for hours following the tragedy.
Tragedy as dog walker dies after being hit by tyre flung from road
Police have traced the vehicle involved and are carrying out further enquiries with the driver.
Peter’s dogmas found at the scene and is now safe and being cared for by family.
A Devon and Cornwall Police statement said: "At around 10.25am on Tuesday 1 September, a road traffic collision involving a single vehicle and a pedestrian occurred on the A38 dual carriageway near to Heathfield, Newton Abbot.
"A Mitsubishi L200 was towing a livestock trailer when the trailer lost a wheel which collided with a pedestrian who was walking his dog along the pavement.
"Tragically, 79-year-old Peter Smith, a local man, lost his life at the scene. His next-of-kin are continuing to be supported by a family liaison officer.
"Peter’s dog was also located at the scene and is now safe and well with family."