‘Much-loved’ Leicestershire man killed in late night crash

Police have named a “much loved” Leicestershire man who was killed in a crash on the M42[1]. Tommy Barker was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, which happened on Sunday, March 31, between Junctions 10 and 9 near Kingsbury, in Warwickshire.

Mr Barker was reportedly walking down the northbound carriageway at around 11.30pm when he was struck by a vehicle[2]. Investigations in the incident are still ongoing.

The 64-year-old’s family have now paid tribute[3] to Mr Barker, hailing him as a “friend to many”. In a statement, Tommy’s brother, John, said: “Remembering a much-loved brother, dad, grandad, and friend to many. Tommy tragically lost his life on 31 March; he will be sadly missed.”

Warwickshire Police is continuing to appeal for witnesses[5]. Officers have called on anyone who saw a man walking down the northbound carriageway between 11pm and 11.30pm, or who has dash cam footage from the area at that time, to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

Anyone with information should call Warwickshire Police[6] on 101, quoting incident 382 of March 31. Alternatively, report information on the force’s website or by calling Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


  1. ^ killed in a crash on the M42 (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ when he was struck by a vehicle (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ tribute (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  4. ^ Leicestershire MP reveals ‘scary’ cancer diagnosis after symptoms mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  5. ^ continuing to appeal for witnesses (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  6. ^ Warwickshire Police (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)