Tribute to Reece Duffy who was hit by van in Salford
- 3 February 2013
- From the section Manchester
The family of a man who died after he was struck by a van in Salford have paid tribute to their "gentle giant".
Reece Duffy, 22, from Irlam, was walking on Liverpool Road, Patricroft, when he was struck by the Vauxhall Corsa van at about 20:00 GMT on Friday.
He was taken to hospital but died the following day.
A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed until 12 April pending further police enquiries.
His family said Reece was a son that any parent would be proud of.
"Reece was a gentle giant loved by many people who had a huge circle of friends," they said.
"He was a loving son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson and great grandson to his large extended family.
"We are all devastated and we don't know what we will do without him.
"He was a handsome man and was proud of his appearance and we are all so very proud of him.
"He had a fantastic character and he rose above everything that life threw at him. Whenever he walked into a room his smile lit the room up."
His younger brother Jordan said: "Reece was the best brother you could ever have", and his older brother Ryan added: "Reece was my right-hand man."