Tributes are left to Sedgley hit-and-run victim

Tributes have been made to a 21-year-old man from Tipton, who died after a suspected hit-and-run collision. Flowers were left at the scene of the tragedy in Dudley Road, Sedgley.

Flowers at the scene of the hit and run on Dudley Road, Sedgley.
Flowers at the scene of the hit and run on Dudley Road, Sedgley.

The victim, named locally as Tom Cox, was hit by a car in Dudley Road, about 200 yards from The Leopard pub at 11pm on Saturday.

The car is believed to have been travelling from Dudley towards Sedgley.

About a dozen bouquets were left at the scene, with messages from family members and friends.

Mr Cox’s mother and father were too upset to talk at the scene yesterday but left a note with a bouquet saying: “Tom, my dear son. You will be missed very much. Thinking of you always. Never be forgotten, love Mum and Dad.”

Another note says: “Tragically taken from us. Gone too soon. Forever in our hearts. Love Aunty Tina, uncle Andy and family.”

Ray Bould, a retired motor mechanic, and grandfather-of-five, who lives nearby, said: “It’s just awful. I was watching television at the back of the house and didn’t hear anything but I came to the front of the house because I saw lights flashing in the window.

“I saw around 12 policemen on the road and there were two ambulances.

“One of my neighbours had rushed out and seen his injuries and gone back into the house to get a blanket for him.”

Emma Aston, manager of The Leopard pub, said: “I was shocked when I heard.”

Tributes were posted on social networking website Facebook for Mr Cox, believed to be from Tipton and an ex-Willingsworth High School pupil.

Leslie James, business manager at The RSA Academy, which replaced the former Willingsworth High School, today confirmed Mr Cox was a former pupil.

Paramedics tried to save Mr Cox but he was pronounced dead in hospital at 7am yesterday.

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