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Dog chase pedestrian who died after crash is named

Bob Gerrard
Image caption The father-of-four had worked as a bus driver in Derbyshire for 20 years

A 61-year-old pedestrian who died in hospital after being hit by a car in south Derbyshire has been named.

Bob Gerrard, from Chellaston, was hit by a Volkswagen Passat at about 17:30 GMT on Friday on Swarkestone Road, Barrow-on-Trent.

The 61-year-old had been chasing his dog after it slipped its collar, his partner Helen Capper said.

Mr Gerrard was treated for serious head injuries at the Royal Derby Hospital but died on Saturday.

Paying tribute, Ms Capper said: "He was a real Chellaston character - everybody knew Bob."

The father-of-four had worked as a bus driver in Derbyshire for 20 years and with homeless people at the Padley Day Centre in the city.

"When we used to go through Derby it would be nothing for him to stop six times and have a chat.

"People said he looked like Billy Connolly but to me he was just Bob," Ms Capper said.

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