Man killed in Hebden Bridge hit-and-run

Chris Smith, 63, of Hebden Bridge, was killed after being hit by a car
Chris Smith, 63, of Hebden Bridge, was killed after being hit by a car
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A wife has paid tribute to her “loving and funny” husband who died after being hit by a car in Hebden Bridge.

Chris Smith, 63, of Bankfoot Terrace, Hebden Bridge, was killed last Thursday (October 23) after being hit by the car on Commercial Street, at the junction with Albert Street, at 7.30pm.

Police have arrested a 21-year-old Hebden Bridge man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, but have released him on bail until January.

Mr Smith’s wife, Claire, has spoken of her shock and devastation at her husband’s untimely death and appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the police.

Mrs Smith said: “He was a gem, just a funny guy. He loved everybody and he didn’t have a bad bone in his body. I’m just numb. I’m absolutely in shock. I’m absolutely broken.”

Mrs Smith, who only married her husband ten weeks ago, said they had planned to go on a honeymoon next year. A retired prison officer, Mr Smith was born in London and moved to Halifax 25 years ago.

Mrs Smith said on Thursday her husband had gone to get some money from the Lloyds Bank ATM on Albert Street at 7.15pm. He was on his way to Luddenden Foot where he played pool at the The Old Brandy Wine every Thursday.

Mr Smith was hit by a Volkswagen Polo as he walked towards Commercial Street at 7.30pm. The 21-year-old male driver of the Volkswagen fled the scene before later being arrested. He was released on bail on Friday.

Before allegedly hitting Mr Smith, he is believed to have hit two stationary cars on Albert Street at the junction with St George’s Square.

Mr Smith leaves behind his wife, two daughters and two step children. A date for his funeral is still to be set.

Any witnesses are asked to call West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Inquiry Team on 101 and quoting reference number 1389 from October 23.