Tributes of flowers and football shirts left for Pompey fan killed in crash in London Road in Hilsea

FLOWERS and cards and football shirts have been left at the site of a fatal crash in Hilsea.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 2:24 pm

A silver Renault Trafic mounted the kerb and crashed into metal railings along London Road near the Beechwood Road junction, in Hilsea, at 1.27pm yesterday.

The driver – a man in his 50s – was pronounced dead at the scene.

Today has seen almost a dozen bouquets of flowers, written tributes, and football shirts from Arsenal and Portsmouth FC left at the site of the incident, paying tribute to the man’s considerate nature and love of Pompey.

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Two football shirts have been left alongside almost a dozen bouquets of flowers at the site of a fatal crash in Hilsea.

One letter left on the public footpath beside the railings read: ‘Can’t believe you’re gone. Going to miss our little chats on life and your advice.

‘When I’m next up the park, I’ll sing extra loud – Blue Army – for you.

‘RIP – will never forget you.’

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Police were called to the scene yesterday after a silver van mounted the curb and crashed into railings running along the pavement.

A card alongside a bouquet of flowers read: ‘You always had a smile when we saw you

‘So sad we won’t be seeing it again.

‘RIP Buddy. Always remembered.’

An investigation into the exact circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing, according to a spokeswoman from Hampshire Constabulary.

Photos were left alongside the flowers tied to the railings at the scene.

She said: ‘His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.’

Anyone with information – including dash cam footage of the van driving erratically – should contact police on 101, quoting reference number 44210128879.

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