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Family pay tribute to pensioner hit by car as he walked to St Pancras Church

Ronnie McArthur, 74, has been described by his family as a 'generous man' and  'a true gentleman'

05 April, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Ronnie McArthur

THE family of an elderly pedestrian who was hit and killed by a car fleeing police as he walked to church have paid tribute to him and called on the public to help bring the suspects to justice.

Ronnie McArthur, 74, has been described by his family as a “generous man” and  “a true gentleman” after he was hit by a car and killed on his way to Old St Pancras Church where he used to attend with his deceased wife Ann.

He died after being struck at the junction of York Way and Copenhagen Street in King’s Cross.

A family member, standing outside his house in Ripplevale Grove, Barnsbury, said: “Ronnie was an integral part of the community, he was heavily involved at St Pancras Old Church.

The scene on Tuesday night when a car full of suspected robbers fled police and hit Ronnie McArthur

“He was walking there to a meeting, a route he took almost daily when he was hit while walking on the pavement by a group of criminals.

“Ronnie was a kind generous man, a true gentleman, a rare find who wanted the best for everyone. His lost will be felt deeply by all those who knew him.”

Neighbours said that Mr McArthur attended St Pancras Old Church with his wife Ann as it was close to the University College Hospital where he regularly took her as she suffered from ill health.

Adrianne LeMan, who has been his neighbour for 22 years, said: “He was wonderful with his wife. She was very unwell but he was always there for her. He would take her off to respite centres and to church. He really was a sweet man.”

Police were investigating a robbery in Hornsey Rise Gardens, in Upper Holloway, on Tuesday evening when a 22-year-old man was reportedly assaulted by a group of men who then took his possessions.

Police later pulled up beside a Kia Stinger in York Way, which they believed was linked to the robbery, at which point it sped off and hit Mr McArthur.

Four men are believed to have fled the scene. Three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Two of them have been released under investigation and one has been released on bail.

Police confirmed yesterday (Thursday) that they were still looking for another man in connection with the incident. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an investigation into the incident. Mr McArthur’s family have been informed.

IOPC deputy director general Jonathan Green said: “This is a tragic event and my thoughts go to Mr McArthur’s friends and family and all those affected.

“I would urge anyone who has seen any part of the pursuit and crash to please contact us to help us establish the circumstances that led to this terrible incident.”

You can contact the IOPC on 0800 096 9076 or email copenhagenstreet@policeconduct.gov.uk

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