Pedestrian killed in Teesside collision about to "start a new chapter" in his life

ACCIDENT SCENE: The area where the tragedy happened, in Urlay Nook Road, Eaglescliffe

ACCIDENT SCENE: The area where the tragedy happened, in Urlay Nook Road, Eaglescliffe

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THE family of a pedestrian killed in a two-car collision said he had just received a visa to work in Australia to start a new life, his family said last night.

Neil McClure, 41, of Hartburn, near Stockton, suffered fatal head injuries in the incident, which involved a blue Honda Jazz and a blue Ford Fiesta at 3am on Saturday morning on Urlay Nook Road, Eaglescliffe, near Stockton-on-Tees.

The former serviceman was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees but died yesterday.

Last night his devastated parents and brother paid tribute to him, saying that he had just got a visa to work in Australia and was looking forward to the venture.

Mr McClure spent his earlier working years in the Royal Navy, including nine years as a helicopter engineer, before leaving and gaining qualifications in non-destructive testing, a form of testing used in various engineering disc iplines.

He had been living at home with his parents in Hartburn but had a large circle of friends and enjoyed walking his two Staffordshire Bull Terriers and watching the Boro games.

On Friday night he had been watching the Boro v Birmingham City game in a pub in Yarm with some friends.

After watching the match and enjoying a few drinks he was making his way to stay with another friend. He was walking close to Egglescliffe School when the tragedy occurred.

A statement released from his family said: “We will deeply miss Neil. We can’t believe we have lost such a wonderful son so suddenly. He was about to start a new chapter in his life.

“He will be a great miss to all our family and his friends.”

Police said the drivers of both cars were travelling alone and neither suffered any injuries. It is not yet clear how two cars were involved and exactly how Mr McClure was struck.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, is asked to contact Cleveland Police on its non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 215954.

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1:52am Mon 10 Dec 12

reggie0008 says...

I was a colleague of Neil in the Royal Navy and a friend after we left the service, I am very upset this has happened as Neil was one of lifes good guys who would always go out of his way to help you if you had a problem, I would like to offer my condolences to his family and i am sorry for your loss.

There a a few of us ex colleagues who would like to pay our respects but have no contact information for his family, I have tried to make contact through Neils mobile phone but had no response, If anyone could let myself and his ex Navy colleagues know if we can attend the funeral we would be very grateful, If we have missed it i would appreciate it if we could pay our respects privately at a later date.

Once again i am sorry for the loss of Neil and will miss chatting to him very much as although we had'nt seen each other in a long time we chatted on a regular basis about life and about football, He will be missed very much by a lot of people.

Reg Williamson
I was a colleague of Neil in the Royal Navy and a friend after we left the service, I am very upset this has happened as Neil was one of lifes good guys who would always go out of his way to help you if you had a problem, I would like to offer my condolences to his family and i am sorry for your loss. There a a few of us ex colleagues who would like to pay our respects but have no contact information for his family, I have tried to make contact through Neils mobile phone but had no response, If anyone could let myself and his ex Navy colleagues know if we can attend the funeral we would be very grateful, If we have missed it i would appreciate it if we could pay our respects privately at a later date. Once again i am sorry for the loss of Neil and will miss chatting to him very much as although we had'nt seen each other in a long time we chatted on a regular basis about life and about football, He will be missed very much by a lot of people. Reg Williamson reggie0008
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7:35pm Wed 12 Dec 12

james.marshall9 says...

Hi Reg,
Nice words mate.
I am an old friend of Neil and I'll help you out wherever I can.
I know, at the moment, his funeral is on Saturday 15 December at 1000hrs. The location is Acklam Crematorium in Middlesbrough, TS5 7HD, followed by a wake at a local hotel nearby, The Parkmore, TS16 0DH. Give me a call on 07979704703 and I will help you as much as I can.
All the best.
James Marshall
Hi Reg, Nice words mate. I am an old friend of Neil and I'll help you out wherever I can. I know, at the moment, his funeral is on Saturday 15 December at 1000hrs. The location is Acklam Crematorium in Middlesbrough, TS5 7HD, followed by a wake at a local hotel nearby, The Parkmore, TS16 0DH. Give me a call on 07979704703 and I will help you as much as I can. All the best. James Marshall james.marshall9
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