Friends and family are remembering a young man, Sam Wilson, who tragically lost his life in the center of Ilkeston yesterday morning when a van struck a group of people. Despite efforts to save him, 26-year-old Sam succumbed to the incident on Market Place in the Derbyshire town.
Known for his role as number 12 in the Nottingham-based Sunday league team AFC Curzon, Sam was eulogized by his team manager, Wayne Riley, in a heartfelt post on the club’s Facebook page. Riley fondly recalled Sam as a player who consistently wore a smile, exhibited selflessness on the field, and prioritized setting up opportunities for others.
In a poignant tribute, Riley expressed the loss of not just a talented footballer but also a great lad and a dear friend. He concluded with a hopeful reference to a future reunion on the “heavenly pitch.” Sam’s sister, Abbie, shared the profound grief felt by the family on a JustGiving page established in her brother’s memory, told Daily Mail.
She conveyed the indescribable pain and the immense void left in their hearts, emphasizing that their sorrow would endure. The tragic incident occurred just after 2 am on Saturday, resulting in two additional men being hospitalized and subsequently discharged. A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the crash and remains in police custody.
Police closed off Market Place for much of Saturday, reopening it in the evening. Authorities are actively seeking information about an altercation reported at the Market Inn pub shortly before the crash, urging witnesses to come forward. Detective Chief Inspector Matt Croome, leading the investigation, expressed gratitude to those who have already cooperated with the ongoing inquiries, emphasizing the importance of community support in establishing the events of that fateful night.