A man and his dog have been killed following a collision with a coach, the accident saw Princess Parkway closed for several hours after. 55-year-old Ian O’Mara was walking his dog along Princess Road in West Didsbury at about 1.30pm on the 30th of October, when he was struck whilst crossing Darley Avenue.
Witnesses say that the man received attention from paramedics after severely injuring his head, before he was taken to Wythenshawe hospital where he was later pronounced dead, his dog Tia also died at the scene of the incident. The A5103 Princess Road was closed in both directions in order to allow an air ambulance to land on the carriageway.
The O’Mara family has been paying homage to their beloved. In a statement they said “Ian was a fantastic husband to Glynis and father to son’s Ross, Neil and Glenn. He was also a doting grandfather to Max. He was a well-liked, respected and much and much loved member of the Withington community and surrounding areas. Ian had a lot of friends who saw him as a strong and popular individual, a man’s man”.
Police are continuing to appeal for information about the crash and want the driver of a dark blue or black two door Mercedes to come forward. Officers believe the driver my have witnessed the crash after stopping at the pedestrian crossing on Princess Road.
One witness, who remains anonymous, has stated, “I saw the coach driver stop and thought what are you doing? As I drove up I noticed the dog in the road. I drove a bit further and noticed the man on the side. I stopped as I am first aid trained and performed CPR, it was quite traumatic”.
TNT News Billy Rooney