A 56-year-old man who sadly died following a collision on the Sheffield Parkway on Sunday 13 October has been formally named today as Richard John Howitt by South Yorkshire Police.
Mr Howitt’s family have released this photograph and continue to ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.
Emergency services were called at 7:25pm following reports that a black BMW 4 series had been involved in a collision near to the exit for Parkway Drive when travelling along the Sheffield Parkway, out of the city.
Mr Howitt was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. His family are being supported by specially trained officers.
Mr Howitt’s family have paid tribute to him in the following statement: “We as a family are utterly devastated at the loss of a dear son, father, husband and friend who will be sadly missed by many.
“Richard, originally from Doncaster, was a well-liked, popular local businessman and successful, internationally recognised, antiques and silver dealer of over 35 years.
“He regularly exhibited at trade fairs throughout the country attracting and dealing with hundreds of customers from all over the world. He was particularly well known and professionally respected throughout the Yorkshire region where he had built a loyal trade and client base; many becoming his close personal friends.
“Richard was the beloved only son of his dear Mum and Dad, Cyril and Margaret, adored husband to Tracy, loved father of his two children Harry and Helanah and ‘Pet Dad’ to his much loved dog Billy.
“Richard was extremely hard working with a warm and generous nature, a sharp wit, wonderful sense of fun and good humour.
“No words can begin to describe the loss we all feel, family and friends are utterly heartbroken.
“Richard touched so many people’s lives and will continue to live on in the hearts, minds and memories of his family and all who knew and loved him”
South Yorkshire Police continue to appeal for witnesses, if you can help please call 101 quoting incident number 771 of 13 October 2019.