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Family of hit and run victim appeals for witnesses
The family of an Oldham man mown down by a hit and run driver in front of his young daughter has appealed for witnesses to come forward and help in their fight for justice.
Wayne Leary, 38, was killed as he returned to his Hollinwood home with daughter Aimee on the evening of Saturday, 3 April - just three days before her 11th birthday. As he crossed Oldham Road in Failsworth at 11.20pm, he was struck by a 2009 (09-reg) Kia Picanto, throwing him into the air and causing serious head injuries.
Mr Leary was rushed by ambulance to Salford Royal Hospital, but doctors were unable to save him. He died the following day.
Although the driver fled the scene he was later traced by police, and a man has been arrested on suspicion of causing Mr Leary's death by dangerous driving. Now, lawyers representing Mr Leary's family have appealed for anyone who witnessed the tragic incident to come forward.
"Aimee had been out with her father to watch Manchester United play Chelsea that day, and they were on their way home when this tragedy occurred," said Polly Fletcher, a partner with Fentons Solicitors LLP. "They were waiting outside a taxi office on Oldham Road at approximately 11.20pm, when Wayne went to pick up a take-away menu. As he crossed the road on his way back to Aimee, he was hit by the car - Aimee saw it all happen," she said.
Miss Fletcher explained that as police were currently unable to release their report or details of any witnesses, the family desperately needed anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward and help as they pursue justice and financial security for Aimee following Mr Leary's death.
"Wayne was a loving son to his parents Kath and Tom, a much-loved brother to Lisa and Jason, and a devoted father to Aimee," Miss Fletcher said. "He has been taken from them in the cruellest way imaginable, which is something Aimee and Wayne's family now have to live with for the rest of their lives."
Although Mr Leary had separated from Aimee's mother six years ago, Aimee would spend weekends with her father and he provided for her financially. "Not only has she lost a father who loved her deeply, she has lost the financial support he would have provided throughout her life," said Miss Fletcher.
"Clearly no amount of money can make up for the loss of her father, but it is greatly unfair to think that losing a parent might also place the family under additional financial pressure.
"If we are to help Aimee secure the financial support she will need in the coming years, we urgently need anyone who might have helpful information about the incident - no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be - to come forward," said Miss Fletcher.
"Mr Leary's family are still suffering the aftermath of losing their loved one. It is only right that those responsible are held to account for this tragic loss, both of a loving father, son and brother, and the additional financial burden that the family now faces," she said.
Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident near the Crown and Cushion pub in Oldham Road, Failsworth, at around 11.20pm on Saturday, 3 April 2010, please contact Polly Fletcher or Jenny Keith at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0161 238 6400. Alternatively please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, and any detail could be hugely important to this case.
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