Update: Friends pay tribute to pedestrian who died after being hit by two cars on the A47
14:47 19 October 2012
Friends have paid tribute to a pedestrian who died after being hit by two cars on the A47 in Dereham early yesterday morning.
Ian Thomson had won a darts tournament with friends from his local pub shortly before the collisions on the Norwich-bound carriageway at about 12.50am on Thursday October 18.
Police said he died near the slip road from the A1075 Tavern Lane, and was hit by a silver Peugeot 307 and a black Audi A4. A yellow DAE lorry was also travelling in the same direction at the time.
Paramedics said he was hit at high speed, and was already dead when they arrived.
Friends said Mr Thomson, who was also known as Tommo, was 35 years old, lived in Toftwood and was a familiar face in many of the pubs around Dereham, and was unmarried and did not have any children.
He had been playing darts for his Railway Tavern team at the Royal Standard in Baxter Row on Wednesday night, and the landlady said he and the other players left between midnight and 12.15am.
Ian Lyons, the landlord of Heroes bar in Dereham, first met Mr Thomson 10 years ago when he ran the Wellington and described him as a “likeable rogue”.
He said: “He was a popular guy. He liked a game of darts and a drink and to socialise. He used to play in my football team.
“He was always outgoing and a socialiser. He had plenty of friends – I just don’t think he knew it. People can’t believe it.”
Dozens of other friends were quick to leave tributes to Mr Thomson on social media sites as news of his death spread throughout the day.
Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Team asked anyone who saw the collision or has information to contact them on 101.
In particular, they would like to hear from anyone who saw a pedestrian in the carriageway between 12.30am and 1.10am.