Man arrested following road death in Ashton-under-Lyne

Gerrard Bowers
Image caption Gerrard Bowers was a licensee of the Trafalgar Inn in Ashton

A man has been arrested after the death of a great-grandfather who was hit by a car in Greater Manchester.

The incident happened shortly after 2220 BST on Monday when the man was struck by the Toyota Avensis on Katherine Street in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Gerrard Bowers, 65, of Portland House, Ashton, suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and remains in police custody.

Mr Bowers' daughters, Helen Bowers and Jane Briggs, paid tribute to their father, who was former licensee of the Trafalgar Inn in Ashton.

"He was always willing to put his hand in his pocket - he was a generous man," they said.

"He was a bit of a joker who was always straight to the point."

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