Vauxhall community pay tribute to 'one nice guy' Tony Carroll; "He was one of us'".
Byline: Tom Duffy
A north Liverpool community leader has paid tribute to a pensioner who died after he was hit by a police car on Christmas Day.
Tony Carroll was struck by the police car as he crossed Scotland Road just before 7pm on Tuesday evening. Mr Carroll, 70, had spent the evening with friends in theThrostles Nest pub and was on his way home when the accident happened.
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The police watchdog has launched an investigation into the incident.
NowTony McGann, from the Eldonian housing association, has paid tribute to Mr Carroll. Mr McGann said: "I knew Tony Carroll all my life. He was from Vauxhall, was one of our tenants.
"Everyone at the Eldonians is shocked by what happened. The best way to describe Tony was as one nice guy. All our thoughts and prayers are with his family right now.
"He was one of us."
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Mr McGann helped found the Eldonian housing association , which was formed in the early 1980s during a recession.
Last night Mr Carroll's family paid tribute to him. In the statement, Mr Carroll's family said: "Tony was a much loved brother and uncle and will be greatly missed by all his family.
"He was always the life and soul of the party, and he lived life the way he wanted to. Tony was much loved by all who knew him for his kindness and generosity in the local community.
"As a very close knit family we spent Christmas Day together and as he left told us all that he had had the best day ever. This tragedy has devastated all our family and Tony will be remembered in our hearts forever.
"The family request that the media respect our wishes for privacy at this difficult time."
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Regulars at the Throstles Nest described Mr Carroll as a "gentleman" known for his generosity. One friend, who gave his name as Paddy, said he had known Mr Carroll since the late 1980s, when the pair worked together.
He said: "He came in here around 6pm and he bought me and my Mrs a drink. He had been to his brother's house and he was carrying presents."
A statement from Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm an investigation is currently underway following a fatal road traffic collision in Liverpool this evening, Tuesday, 25th December.
"At around 6.50pm, a collision occurred between a police vehicle and a male pedestrian on Scotland Road.
"Emergency services attended and the pedestrian was taken to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead."
Police Watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), has confirmed last that the officers involved were responding to an emergency call at the time of the incident, although the nature of the call has not been confirmed.
The IOPC spokesperson also said that they had made the decision to carry out an independent investigation into the collision.
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Credit: Issued by Merseyside Police
Tony Carroll who died after being hit by a police car on Scotland