THE devastated family of a lollipop man killed in a road tragedy have paid tribute to a ‘fun-loving and caring’ man.
Loved ones have issued a statement through the police this afternoon.
It follows the death of Raymond Elsmore, of Florentine Way, Waterlooville, after he was hit by a car in Tempest Avenue at about 3.05pm on Wednesday.
The family statement read: ‘We are shocked and devastated to have lost Ray who meant so much to so many.
‘We feel so lucky to have shared our life with someone so fun-loving, happy, friendly and caring.
‘We are very touched by everyone’s kind tributes.”
The driver of the Nissan, a 21-year-old Waterlooville woman, was uninjured.
She was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and bailed until January 31.
Sergeant Darren Ord, from the Road Death Investigation team at Eastleigh, said: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has already come forward with information and would ask anyone else who saw what happened to get in touch.
‘Many people in the local community are concerned about the collision and I would like to reassure them that we are continuing our investigation and keeping an open mind as we seek to establish exactly what happened.
‘At the time of the collision, Mr Elsmore was crossing the road in uniform and carrying his stick. He was not escorting any children.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Road Death Investigation team at Eastleigh, quoting Operation Meadowlark on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.