Quatford man killed crossing road he was hit on six years ago
A 24-year-old man who almost died in a horrific crash more than six years ago has been killed after being hit by a car on the same stretch of road following a night out in Shrewsbury.
Russell Nicholls was hit by a car at about 5.25am on Saturday morning as he crossed over the A442 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster road.
Mr Nicholls lived in Quatford, near Bridgnorth, and was arriving home from a night out when the accident happened near to his home.
It is believed Mr Nicholls took a taxi home from Shrewsbury after a night out which dropped him off near to his house. He was hit by the Volkswagen Bora car as he crossed the road. He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
Mr Nicholls, who was a partner in his father Paul's business A P Contracts heating engineers, had spent the last six-and-a-half years recovering from serious injuries he suffered in a horrific car crash on the same road.
He was 17 at the time of the incident and was in a coma for three weeks and had to go though eight operations.
Mr Nicholls' devastated family today paid tribute to him. His father Paul today said: "It is a traumatic shock. He must have been tired and decided to get a taxi back. He left his car in Shrewsbury, we don't know any more than that."
His mother Annette said they had been lucky not to lose him after the first accident and he had finally got back to some normality.
"We never expected him to be as good as he was after the accident. He had a fantastic fight and we worked hard to get him back," she added.
"After six-and-a-half years he was back and with a social life in the last couple of years. He was doing what he loved doing and going out with friends."
Mrs Nicholls said her son had gone out on Friday with a friend from Headway, a charitable group in Shrewsbury for people with head injuries.
"He was the kindest, most caring, genuine person," she added.
Mr Nicholls attended St Mary's Primary School and Oldbury Wells School, both in Bridgnorth. He has two brothers Damien, 22, and Ashley, 27.
He was a promising table tennis player before the first accident being county champion as a teenager.
Police continue to investigate the accident and any witnesses are asked to call 101.
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