Much-loved’ man, 29, killed in crash while out jogging at UK accident blackspot

Poignant tributes have been paid to a much-loved football fan who was killed while out jogging at a notorious accident blackspot in London.

Marketing manager Jack Ryan, 29, was struck by an oncoming Range Rover on Wednesday near to Battersea Bridge in west London.

Medics tried to save him but nothing could be done and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Range Rover stopped and is helping police with their enquiries.

The life-long Aston Villa fan was thought to have been out jogging when the incident took place at about 6pm, Birmingham Live reports.

Ex-Villa striker Stan Collymore was among those who paid tribute to him and friends and well-wishers have described him as ‘talented and popular.’

Jack was a digital marketing executive for accounting firm PwC. The company’s chief people officer, Lara Hinton, released a statement following his death.

It read: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic news. Jack was a very talented and popular colleague. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates and we are offering them our support.”

Ex-Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore also paid tribute to Mr Ryan on Twitter, and said: “Just wanted to send love and sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Jack Ryan, who was killed while out jogging in London last week.

“A big Villa fan, with an exciting career in front of him. Extremely sad to hear. Rest in peace, Jack. Holte Enders in the sky.”

Emotional tributes have continued online, with friends and well-wishers paying their respects.

Nigel Moore said: “This is so very tragic and sad news. Jack was a good friend of my son who is naturally devastated by what has happened, sincere condolences to Jack’s family and friends.”

Close friend Matt Dudley said: “Heartbreaking to lose a mate and for the world to lose such a genuinely great guy.

“Always a great laugh to be around, he’ll be sorely missed by so many. Thoughts with all those closest to him.”

Jack was knocked down at the junction of Battersea Bridge and Beaufort St-Cheyne Walk, where a motorcyclist was killed following a crash in 2017.

An online petition has now been launched calling on added safety measures at the notorious blackspot, and as of writing there have been more than 6,000 signatures in support.

Police in London, meanwhile, are continuing to appeal for witness to come forward following the fatal collision on Wednesday.

Officers said they would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have captured it on dash cam footage.