Tribute to pensioner after fatal lorry crash

A NEIGHBOUR of a Mansfield pensioner who was killed in a road accident has described him as ‘true gentleman who went out of his way to help others’.

Eighty-five-year-old Alan Allsopp, of Highland Road, was killed after his silver Nissan Pixo Acenta was involved in a collision with a heavy goods lorry at the junction of Cauldwell Road and the A611 Derby Road last Tuesday.

He was taken to King’s Mill Hospital but he died a short while later.

Neighbour Joan Cook lived next door to former teacher Alan for 42 years and said they never had a cross word in all that time.

“He was a lovely man, a real gentleman and he would always look out for you as we all did around here and we shall miss greatly,” he said.

“He worked with children and had a very calming personality, he would help anybody he could but never intrude on someone’s privacy.”

Czech lorry driver Dusan Loucky, from Rosice in the Czech Republic, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving but did not issue a plea when appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He is currently on conditional bail and is due to return to court on 7th April where the case will be committed to Nottingham Crown Court.

l Anyone with any information should call Det Sgt James Greely at Nottinghamshire Police’s Crash Investigation Unit on 0300 300 9999 ext 816 2225 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111