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Road crash victim John Byrne 'a true gentleman'

John Byrne with his dog Image copyright Family photo
Image caption John Byrne's family said they will "deeply miss" him

The family of a grandfather who died after being hit by a car as he crossed the road say they have "lost a big part" of their lives.

John Byrne, 69, was struck by a Skoda Octavia on Ormesby Road in Middlesbrough, near Ormesby Grange Care Home, just before 22:15 BST on Saturday.

His family described him as "a big part of the community" in the Ormesby area.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and released under investigation.

'Heart of gold'

Mr Byrne's family said: "Lots of people knew him as Irish John as he moved here from Dublin when he was 17.

"Our dad was a true Boro fan, he was full of character and was funny, outgoing and a true gentleman with a heart of gold.

"He also still worked and was a hard-working man who was fit, healthy and full of life."

The family also paid tribute to an off-duty paramedic who treated the father-of-three and thanked emergency services.

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