Roadside Tributes To Lollipop Man

A lollipop man has died after he was hit by a car after he escorted a parent across the road to pick their child up from school.

Raymond Elsmore, 82, who had worked for about 10 years helping children at Queens Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville suffered serious injuries in the accident which happened at 3.05pm yesterday.

Mr Elsmore, who was wearing his uniform and carrying his lollipop, was hit by a silver Nissan Micra car as he crossed Tempest Avenue having just escorted a parent across the road.

He suffered head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where he later died, said Hampshire Police.

It is understood that, as leaving time from the school is 3.20pm, no child witnessed the accident although some youngsters did see him lying in the road as the air ambulance landed to take him to hospital.

The 21-year-old female driver of the car, who is from Waterlooville and was uninjured, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and was later released on bail until January 31.

Flowers have been left at the scene for Mr Elsmore, who lived locally.

Sergeant Darren Ord, of Hampshire Police, said:

''Many people in the local community are concerned about the collision and I would like to reassure them that we are continuing our investigation and keeping an open mind as we seek to establish exactly what happened.

''At the time of the collision, Mr Elsmore was crossing the road in uniform and carrying his stick. He was not escorting any children.''