Dorset

Tribute to Ray Tutton after Poole pedestrian crossing death

Ray Tutton
Image caption Ray Tutton was knocked down by a blue Nissan Micra on Christmas Eve

The wife of a man who died after being hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing in Dorset has paid tribute to him.

Ray Tutton, 46, was knocked down by a blue Nissan Micra close to the Branksome Railway Hotel, in Poole, in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

Mr Tutton and his wife Liz, who was unhurt, had crossed with the green light and audio signal on, police said.

Mrs Tutton said: "Ray was the funniest, kindest man you could ever meet. He made friends everywhere we went."

The car drove off after the incident at about 01:50 GMT, but two members of the public followed it and detained a man until police arrived.

'Huge void'

Mr Tutton was taken to Poole General Hospital with serious head injuries where he died a short time later.

A 40-year-old man from Poole has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

He has been released on bail while inquiries continue.

Mrs Tutton said her husband would leave a "huge void" in her life and the lives of their children Sunita, Ray and Sarah.

"He lived for his family and the dogs - we are going to miss him so much.

"We would like to thank the two members of the public who followed the driver and called the police. We owe them a lot," she added.

Mr Tutton's sisters Sandra, Teresa, Debra and his brother Gary said in a statement: "We would like to say a huge thank-you to the police and the staff at Poole Hospital for all their kindness and care that was shown to us all.

"Our brother loved life, his job, his golf, but most of all his wife and children."

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