Police name man, 26, killed on Assington road

LOVING FATHER: Chris Waters with his son Oscar.
LOVING FATHER: Chris Waters with his son Oscar.

A man who died after being struck by a van in Assington has been named by police.

Chris Waters was walking along the A134, between Assington and Newton, when he was hit at around 6.30pm on Sunday.

Police were initially contacted by a driver at around 6.20pm who reported she was concerned for a man walking along the road.

Officers then received a second call from the driver of a Ford Transit van who reported he had been involved in a collision.

A search began in the area and at around 7.30pm the body of Mr Waters was found. The 26-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Waters, who worked at Chambers bus company in Sudbury, lived in Roman Way, Haverhill. He had a two-year-old son called Oscar.

His family – father Michael, mother Sharon and sisters Kate and Clare – said they were “absolutely devastated” by his death.

“He had a wise head on young shoulders and impressed us all with his maturity and determination to be a fantastic father to Oscar,” the family said.

“Chris and Oscar loved each other so much and enjoyed every moment they spent together – we keep expecting Chris to walk through the door to delighted screams of ‘My daddy, my daddy!”

They added: “He will leave a huge void in our lives, but our only comfort is that he knew how much we loved him, and how proud we were of him, because we told him every day.”

Police have spoken to a number of people who had been in the area on the evening Mr Waters died, and are keen to hear from anyone who had been driving along the A134 at Assington around 6.30pm or who witnessed the collision.

Sergeant Bob Patterson from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Serious Collision Investigation Team said: “This is a tragic incident and one which will be subject to a full collision investigation.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full details, but from the initial information received it would appear the gentleman had been making his way home after spending time out with friends.”

Calls should be made to Pc Allie Cotton at the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.