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Tributes paid to runner Larry Dando after death on A367 in Radstock

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Larry Dando was found lying in the road

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Police are attempting to piece together the last movements of a grandfather of three who died in an horrific accident in Radstock.

The death of 67-year-old Larry Dando came during a chaotic few days of snow and ice across north east Somerset.

Police are looking for witnesses with any information that can help them confirm the sequence of events that led keen runner Mr Dando to be found dead on the A367 in Radstock in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The factory worker, who lives locally, was pronounced dead at the scene after police had been called to a spot in Bath New Road close to the hand car wash at 4.20am.

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They had been told a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle travelling along the road.

Police say they believe that Mr Dando had been lying in the road when he was hit by the vehicle, and have spoken to the driver involved.

The tragedy came on a weekend of disruption due to heavy snow, with further chaos on Tuesday night as the A367 between Bath and Radstock effectively became a no-go zone to traffic.

For more than 24 hours, officers struggled to identify Mr Dando, who did not have any identification on him, and they issued a description of the clothing he was wearing in a public appeal in a bid to work out who he was.

Mr Dando, who also had two daughters, worked at Welton, Bibby and Baron, in Welton, where colleagues expressed their grief and shock at the sudden death of a man described as a “kind hearted gentleman” by one devastated workmate.

Mr Dando was known to many people through his sporting achievements and could often be seen out running, riding his bike or swimming in the South Wansdyke pool.

A member of Somer Athletic running club, he had recently enjoyed success in the Midsomer Norton Triathlon and earlier this year he also ran the London Marathon to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

His sister Jean Maggs said the whole family had been left heartbroken and deeply shocked by his sudden death, but did not want to say any more at the moment.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said the incident was not believed to be suspicious but encouraged anyone with any information to come forward.

He said: “Police would still like to hear from witnesses or from anyone who may have travelled along the road at the time of the incident.”

An inquest into Mr Dando’s death is expected to be opened by the Avon coroner later this week.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on the non-emergency number 101.

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