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Alan McWhinnie killed by car on London Road, Bapchild

By Chloe Holmwood

The sister of a man who was killed after being hit by a car on the A2 has described him as being "cheeky, loveable and always positive".

Alan McWhinnie was in London Road, Bapchild, when he was struck by a silver Ford Fiesta Zetec that was travelling towards Sittingbourne.

It happened shortly before 11.30pm and the 40-year-old father-of-two was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alan McWhinnie
Alan McWhinnie

Paying tribute, his sister Claire Golding said: "Alan was cheeky, loveable and always positive.

"He had a difficult life but nothing got him down and he would do absolutely anything for his girls, Paige and Amber.”

Mrs Golding said her brother, who lived in Rochester, had been in Sittingbourne enjoying his first night out after serving four years in prison.

“He came out of prison in November and he was adamant he would not be going back inside ever again,” she said.

“He was sorting his life out, he was really getting to grips with family life, everything was going right for him.

Alan McWhinnie was in London Road, Bapchild, when he was struck by a car
Alan McWhinnie was in London Road, Bapchild, when he was struck by a car

“I’m gutted for his girls. They only just got their dad back and now he has been taken away again.”

As well as his daughters, Paige, 12, and Amber, 10, Mr McWhinnie leaves sisters Claire, 33, and Karen, 37, brothers Patrick, 42, and Johnny, 46, and his 61-year-old father John.

Friday’s tragic accident means the death toll on the A2 between Sittingbourne and Faversham now stands at seven in just nine years.

Speaking about the stretch of road, Mrs Golding said: “I’m really not impressed with that road.

"It’s just so dark, very poorly lit and it goes from a 30mph limit to a 60mph limit really quickly.

"I'm gutted for his girls...they only just got their dad back and now he has been taken away again" - Claire Golding

“I think the speed limit should be reduced and street lamps should be put in.

"This could help to prevent such awful accidents from happening.”

Mrs Golding also wanted to wish the couple well who had been driving the Ford Fiesta that hit her brother.

“I hope they are OK because, obviously, it wouldn’t be a very pleasant thing to go through and I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.

“I have seen the road for myself and have seen how potentially dangerous it could be.

“I just hope they are getting enough support because it was a horrible accident.”

Police are appealing for help.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the car or Mr McWhinnie beforehand, who have not yet spoken to police, or who have dashcam footage, should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538, quoting reference MS/21/18, or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk

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