Killed on his way to the airport: pensioner died in van accident as his wife waited with suitcases

TRAGIC: Emergency services attend the scene of a collision between a van and pedestrian on Spencer Road in New Milton

TRAGIC: Emergency services attend the scene of a collision between a van and pedestrian on Spencer Road in New Milton

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A NEW Milton pensioner about to set off on holiday was tragically killed as he made his way to meet his wife at the train station.

On the morning of Thursday, August 14, William Hall, known as Bill to his friends and family, dropped his wife Hilary at the station with their suitcases.

The couple, who had been married for 62 years, were meant to be catching a train to the airport before jetting off to Lanzarote.

While Hilary waited at the station with their luggage, the retired electrical engineer returned to the couple’s home on Ashley Road to park the car in the garage.

Just a few minutes after he set off on the short walk back to meet his wife, the 84-year-old was involved in a collision with a BT Openreach van. Sadly he died at the scene.

Describing the father of one and grandfather of three as a “friendly gentleman” who would “do anything for anyone”, neighbours at the couple’s home of eight years, Yeomans Lodge, were left devastated by the news.

Stanley Millar said: “It’s so sad. He came back after dropping his wife and luggage off at the station. We offered to run him up but he wouldn’t let us. He was a very independent man.”

Mr Millar said the active pensioner, who played bowls, snooker and golf, was a popular and caring man.

He said: “He would do anything for anybody. He was such a great guy. He was quite old but he was still very sprightly.”

Nicki McCabe, who has lived in Yeomans Lodge for five years, added: “It’s a great shame. He was so friendly – such a lovely chap.”

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7:22am Thu 28 Aug 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

So very sad
So very sad itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 33

7:48am Thu 28 Aug 14

Huey says...

How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.
How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting. Huey
  • Score: -39

9:42am Thu 28 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

Huey wrote:
How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.
Do those details really make a difference to you or I?
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.[/p][/quote]Do those details really make a difference to you or I? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 30

9:59am Thu 28 Aug 14

RM says...

Such a sad thing to happen, on the way to a lovely holiday together. RIP Mr Hall & hoping that his wife gets the support she needs to see her through this very difficult time.
Such a sad thing to happen, on the way to a lovely holiday together. RIP Mr Hall & hoping that his wife gets the support she needs to see her through this very difficult time. RM
  • Score: 34

1:27pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Cliff Falls says...

Huey wrote:
How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.
The item told me all I needed to know.

Must know, should know, could know.

What else could the reporter give, without the aid of a crystal ball.

It was all there.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.[/p][/quote]The item told me all I needed to know. Must know, should know, could know. What else could the reporter give, without the aid of a crystal ball. It was all there. Cliff Falls
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

SympatheticSam says...

Huey wrote:
How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.
You're a heartless sod. Get a life.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.[/p][/quote]You're a heartless sod. Get a life. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 8

8:28pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Huey says...

Oh grow up you pansies
Oh grow up you pansies Huey
  • Score: -5

11:47pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Streamer says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Huey wrote:
How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.Do those details really make a difference to you or I?Poor reporting.Do those details really make a difference to you or I?

You or me.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: How did the accident happen, was the van driver at fault or did he step in front of it? Are police still investigating? Poor reporting.[/p][/quote]Do those details really make a difference to you or I?[/p][/quote]Poor reporting.[/p][/quote]Do those details really make a difference to you or I? You or me. Streamer
  • Score: 1

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