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Grief over road tragedy victim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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TRIBUTES have poured in for a 21-year-old man killed when he was struck by a car.

The victim was identified locally on social media as Mark Haywood, who was nicknamed ‘Frodo’.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after he was struck by a blue Ford Mondeo at 11.45pm on Tuesday in William Nadin Way, Swadlincote.

Police are investigating the tragedy and have launched an appeal for witnesses.

Since Mark’s death, a Facebook tribute page has been set up in his memory and scores of people have shared their memories of him.

In a poignant tribute, Leo Ismail wrote: “This is for Frodo. One of the best friends you could ever have asked for in life.

”He’s been my friend for too many years now, and has always been there whenever I’ve needed him.

”I can’t stress how nice he was, and how lucky I am to have had a friend like him.

“This is the person that would never betray you, never go behind your back, stand up for you and would even take a bullet for you.

“He didn’t deserve what’s happened to him, he deserved the things that we all take for granted, but life had other plans for the guy.

“We will never forget you mate, never.”

It is believed the former William Allitt pupil worked at Euro Car Parts, in William Nadin Way, had recently started a college course and was the owner of a dog called Levi.

Another tribute, from Alison Broadbent Pitt, said: “Mark, what an absolute shock. You were one of the nicest guys I’d ever had the pleasure of meeting in Swadlincote.

“You truly earned your wings, Frodo. Sleep tight on fluffy clouds.”

Lauren Cunnington posted: “I can’t believe you’re gone Frodo. You’re the best friend anyone could ever have. You have been taken way to soon. I am going to miss you so much, sleep tight.”

Another friend, Ash Smith, wrote: “I can’t get my head around it. I’ve known Frodo since he was 14 and it’s been a pleasure to watch him grow into the man he had become.

“Top lad, never let me down. Thoughts go out to his family. Rest in Peace Mark Haywood.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact the investigation team, and in particular would like to trace a man and a woman in a vehicle that was not involved and who arrived at the scene just prior to police officers.

Anyone with information can call the police on 101, quoting incident number 887 of April 1.

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