GRIEVING: Hector Pinkney
HECTOR PINKNEY, known to everyone in his Birmingham neighbourhood as ‘Mr Handsworth,’ is reeling from the shock of losing his daughter Rebecca, killed by a car while walking on a dual carriageway in Northamptonshire.
The tragic news comes only weeks after 58-year-old Hector was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his decades of work in the community.
Mum-of-three Rebecca Waldron, who lived in Leicester, died late last Sunday evening after being struck by a silver Nissan Primera while walking along the A45 in the direction of Wilby Way towards the M1. Northamptonshire police are appealing for witnesses.
It’s the second tragedy for Hector whose older son Tyrone died of a heart condition at the age of four more than 20 years ago.
Grieving Hector, who has acted as a mentor to generations of Handsworth youngsters, said: “Rebecca was a free spirit – I used to all her ‘Black Beauty’ because she was such a lively girl, always dancing and laughing.”
Hector is a security guard at Handsworth Library in the heart of Soho Road and is a familiar sight holding court with the locals and exchanging banter.
Rebecca’s aunt Delores, who with Hector won a community “Oscar” award earlier this year, added: “Rebecca was a vibrant, loving girl who leaves behind three wonderful children. Our family is desperate to know how she came to be walking on that road and what happened to her.”
Anyone who saw the accident can contact police on 03000 111 222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Rebecca leaves a son and two daughters aged between 13 and seven. Her funeral will take place on Monday, August 8 at 1pm at Leicester Crematorium in Groby Road, followed by a reception at the West Indian Centre in Melbourne Road.