Man Charged With Murder After Van Fatally Strikes Footballer During Christmas Night Out

Man Charged With Murder After Van Fatally Strikes Footballer During Christmas Night Out

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In a devastating incident, Samuel Wilson, a 26-year-old Sunday league footballer, lost his life after a van rammed into his team during a Christmas night out in Market Place, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, around 2 am on Saturday.

Wilson died at the scene, while two others sustained injuries but have since been discharged from the hospital.

Murder Charge and Legal Actions

Derbyshire Constabulary revealed that Zac Newman, 27, residing in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, faces charges of murder, wounding with intent, and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident. Newman is scheduled to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in Derby later today to address the charges.

Heart-Wrenching Tributes and Grief

Expressing the profound loss, Mr. Wilson’s sister conveyed the family’s devastation on a JustGiving page that has raised over £7,000, stating, “Our hearts will forever be broken, and there are no words to describe the huge hole it has left in all of our hearts.”

The football club, Curzon AFC, mourned their player’s tragic demise on social media, commemorating Wilson’s character and impact on the team and the lives of those around him.

Impact on the Football Community

Curzon AFC’s tribute emphasized the depth of the loss, highlighting that Wilson was not just a player but a cherished friend, brother, son, and boyfriend.

The club expressed their heartfelt sentiments, affirming Wilson’s enduring influence and the void left in their collective lives. The message concluded with a touching farewell, underscoring the lasting impression Wilson made and the enduring love held for him within the club.

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