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Tribute To Man Killed In Bromsgrove

Chris GowerThe family of a man who died when he was in collision with a van in Bromsgrove have described him as bringing joy and sunshine to lives of everyone he knew.

Chris Gower, 24, died in hospital shortly after the collision on the A448 Bromsgrove Highway at around 5.15am on Saturday, 3 November.

Chris, who lived in Beoley Road West, Redditch, grew up in Bromsgrove and still spent a lot of time at the family home.

He was a former student of South Bromsgrove High School and NEW College and cleaned drives for a living.

He leaves his parents, Dave and Maggie, both retired West Mercia police officers, older sister Louise, and girlfriend Abbie Clews, aged 22.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr Gower said: "Chris was a very outgoing, joyful individual who brought a lot of sunshine and joy to everyone's lives.

"He was a cheeky chappie who doted on his five-year-old niece Lilly. He loved rap music, and was a budding rapper.

"He was very popular, and had more than 500 friends on his Facebook page, and had met virtually all of them.

"Everyone loved Chris and he loved everyone."

Chris's friends have set up a tribute page for him on Facebook.

The family took the decision to donate Chris's heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas for organ transplant.

Mr Gower said: "It comforts us to know that his organs will help others. It is something to hang on to."

The collision happened on the Redditch-bound carriageway of the dual carriageway at around 5.15am on Saturday.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact West Mercia Police's Force Operations Support Team on 101 quoting 144-s-031112.

The family have released this statement and photos via West Mercia Police and do not wish to be contacted by media directly. We ask their wishes are respected, and they are given time and space to grieve at this difficult time.


Issued: Tuesday, 06 November 2012

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