Tribute to man with 'heart of gold' killed in crash while walking on Fenland road at night

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Sam Pope died after he was hit by a car while walking on a Fenland road near Peterborough. Credit: Family picture

A pedestrian who died in a collision has been described by his family as having a “heart of gold”.

Sam Pope, 28, was in collision with a Vauxhall Astra as he was walking on a road in the Fens near Peterborough.

He died at the scene of the collision, which happened at about 11pm on Saturday, 11 May, in Oil Mills Road, between Pondersbridge and Ramsey Mereside.

His family said Mr Pope, of Lincoln Road, Peterborough, was "a free spirit, who liked to live his life at 100 mph and believed that rules were meant to be broken.

They added: “We shall miss his smile and crazy sense of humour that would always make you laugh, despite what mood you were in that day.

“Sam was a rough diamond with a heart made of gold and will leave a big hole in our lives.”

Police continue to appeal for witnesses and dashcam footage as well as anyone who saw a man walking along Oil Mills Road before the collision.

Officers would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen a silver Astra after the collision.

Marcin Pilarski, 33, of West Street, Chatteris, has been charged with causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of a collision, driving with no licence and driving with no insurance.

He is due to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on 11 June.


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