Wife's moving tribute to Tettenhall Road crash victim

By Deborah Hardiman | Tettenhall | News | Published:

A man who died after being struck by a Land Rover had a great passion for cars and singing, his wife told the inquest.

Paul Mazs

Automotive designer Paul Mazs, 54, died from his injuries after being involved in a collision with the Freelander driven by Simon Hancox, in Tettenhall Road, on October 13 last year.

Mr Mazs, of nearby Newbridge Crescent, was confirmed dead at the scene on the A41, near the junction with Crowther Road, following the incident which happened shortly before 10.30pm as Mr Mazs was attempting to cross the road.

His wife Suzanne told the inquest held in Oldbury that he was passionate about cars and singing.

Mrs Mazs said: "Paul was a good hardworking man who never had a day off work.

"He was very interested in cars, the mechanics of how they worked and he worked for a number of car companies including for Bentley Motors.

"He worked in Russia, Germany and Spain for car companies. It was a great passion of his.

Police at the scene on Tettenhall Road. Image: @SnapperSK

"He loved singing and he loved karaoke. He was made up if he could stand up and sing. It was a pleasure for him to sing. He had a stressful job.


"He didn't really ask for much from life. He was very much a giver. If someone had no money he would give them what he had and go without.

"He liked quite simple things. He is a great loss to us. Everyone is still stunned.

"We want to say to the driver that we really don't hold anything against him. It's a very unfortunate thing which happened to Paul.

"We wouldn't want anyone to suffer the way we have suffered. We hope he can get on with his life."


Police cordon off the Land Rover after the collision on Tettenhall Road. Picture: @SnapperSK

Pc David Crump, of West Midlands Police collision investigation unit, said Mr Mazs was returning home after a visiting The Summer House pub, in Newhampton Road West, at the time.

In a statement Mr Hancox described that and his passenger were travelling in the direction of Telford when he saw a "figure" running towards the vehicle.

He stated that he was unable avoid Mr Mazs despite emergency braking.

A toxicology report stated that Mr Mazs had 183 milligrammes of alcohol in his blood. The legal limit for driving is 80.

The cause of death was given as traumatic head, chest and pelvis injuries.

Mrs Lees said: "I cannot ignore that there was an alcohol reading, but I would like to make it clear that there is no finding contributory to alcohol."

"I conclude that he died as a result of a road traffic collision," Mrs Lees recorded.

"October is not that long ago. Please accept my sincere condolences," she told the family.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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