AN inquest into the death of an elderly man who died after being hit by a truck has been adjourned.

Valentine Hannan, 81, was struck on Westgate, Heckmondwike, by a vehicle in January 2020.

He was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries, but sadly died.

A pre-hearing review by assistant coroner Ian Pears was held at Bradford Coroner's Court this morning (Tuesday).

However, the inquest was adjourned to May 12 to allow the police to provide a report for evidence.

The court also enquired if the family had any questions for witnesses.

Mr Hannan was well known in Heckmondwike and a number of people paid tribute to him after the incident.

He was a regular at The Wike Horse pub in the town, and Deborah Morgan, the pub manager said at the time: "He was a lovely old bloke. 

"I was mortified. Everyone is who knew him. They are just so shocked.

"He's going to be missed by a lot of people."

Donna Hepworth, of Maughans bakery, said: "He used to come in every morning. Obviously, he's just going to be really sadly missed.

"Everyone got to know him, he was a lovely chap."


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