Man killed in freak accident was struck by flying tyre from trailer

Tributes have been paid to a dog walker killed in a freak accident when he was struck by a flying tyre.

Peter Smith, 79, was hit by the loose wheel while walking a pet on the pavement next to a busy dual carriageway in Devon.

Police say a Mitsubishi L200 was towing a livestock trailer which lost a wheel that then collided Mr Smith.

Emergency services were called to the incident on the A38 near Newton Abbot, on Tuesday at 10.25am but Mr Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peter’s dog was also located at the scene and is now safe and well with family, who have now paid tribute to him.

In a statement, they said: “Peter was a caring and devoted dad, granddad, friend and dog lover. He will leave a void in everyone’s life whom had the pleasure of knowing him.

“Matthew, Samantha and family would like to express their thanks to everyone for their continuing support during this unexpected time, especially to Devon and Cornwall Police for all they have done and are continuing to do.”

The A38 was closed for a number of hours whilst emergency services attended the scene. Police have traced the vehicle involved and are carrying out further enquiries with the driver.

Any witnesses have been asked to contact police on 101.

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