...By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
David Francis, 63, who was also known as the ‘Litherland Running Man’ and ‘Forrest Gump,’ was the victim of a hit-and-run accident last Thursday.
He was hit by an Audi suspected to have been stolen during a previous burglary in Rainford, Merseyside.
David died at the scene, and the driver of the car fled on foot.
Merseyside Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect and are urging anyone with CCTV, dashcam, or doorbell footage to come forward.
Fitness Fanatic and Local Legend
David was a fitness fanatic who was famous in the community for running around the area in shorts, even in the cold winter weather.
Locals dubbed David ‘Forest Gump’ for his love of running.
Paying tribute to him on Facebook, one man wrote, “he was a machine, he ran effortlessly, he just ran for the love of running.
He was our very own modern-day Forrest Gump.
He was a legend and he was our legend.”
Police Investigation and Appeal
The police have appealed to the driver of the stolen Audi to turn themselves in, and Detective Chief Inspector Andy McCourt has pledged to bring the assailant to justice.
The incident has left Mr. Francis’s family and friends devastated, and they are receiving support from specialist officers.
The police have cordoned off the area and are investigating the burglary and the stolen car.
Community Shock and Sadness
Neighbours expressed their shock and sadness at David’s death, with one woman saying, “it’s scary,” and another remarking that “he was probably just going for a pint.”
The loss of David Francis, who was a well-known and beloved member of the community, has left a lasting impact on those who knew him.
The tragic death of David Francis has left a community devastated, and the police are working hard to find the person responsible.
The fact that he was well-known and loved in the community makes his death all the more heartbreaking.
The outpouring of support and tributes on social media is a testament to the impact he had on those around him.
This tragedy serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety and the devastating consequences of hit-and-run accidents.