Update: Man who died in car park collision named

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A pensioner who died after a collision at a Barnoldswick primary school on Monday afternoon has been named locally.

Police were called out at about 4-15pm on Monday to a report of an accident on the car park of St Joseph’s RC Primary School in West Close Road.

A 78-year-old man, named locally as Alan Preston from Marton, was found with serious head injuries as a result of a collision with a VW Golf.

Mr Preston, a member of Barnoldswick and Earby Rotary Club, was at the school delivering an educational exhibition when the incident occurred.

He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital by ambulance but later died. Police said his family was at his bedside.

Specially trained family liaison officers have spent the week supporting Mr Preston’s family and staff at the school. St Joseph’s was closed yesterday but reopened again today.

Sgt Adam Dawson, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident which has cost a man his life and we aren’t looking to speak to anyone else in relation to it.

“Both myself and the head teacher Mrs Wood would like to offer our condolences and to thank staff and local residents for their support at this difficult time.”

Natalie Wood, headteacher of St Joseph’s RC Primary School said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers go out to the gentleman’s family and friends at this sad time.

“We are working closely with the county council and the diocese to ensure we offer our staff the support they need.”