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Tribute issued for 90-year-old Thomas Barron as court date set for man accused of causing death by dangerous driving

Tribute issued for 90-year-old Thomas Barron as court date set for man accused of causing death by dangerous driving
A 24-year-old man from Ramsgate has been summonsed to appear at court for causing death by dangerous driving.

Peter Manzi, of St Luke’s Avenue, was issued with the notice of prosecution by officers from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on Friday 9 February.

The collision took place on 19 August 2017 and involved a motorbike and a pedestrian in Northdown Road, Cliftonville.

The pedestrian, 90-year-old Thomas Barron (pictured), died at the scene.

As well as causing death by dangerous driving, Manzi is accused of:
  • Causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed limit of drugs;
  • Causing death by driving while disqualified;
  • And, causing death by driving while uninsured.
He will appear at Margate Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 20 February.

Statement from Thomas Barron’s family:

Thomas Barron, known as Tom, retired from the Civil Service in London and moved to Margate in 1992 following the death of his wife, Mary. 

He had a long retirement and really enjoyed living by the sea and having his family to stay. 

He had two children and three grandchildren. 

Tom was the centre of the family and very much loved.

Being a grandparent renewed Tom’s sense of joy, vivacity and curiosity. 

He delighted in the wonderful energy, goodness, gentleness and the sense of hope that his grandchildren have. 

He was happy to share in their exciting world of discovery, kindness and musical talents, playing instruments and singing in choirs.

Tom had a strong belief in social justice and the ability of people to work together for the benefit of humankind. 

He will be remembered for his great optimism, his modesty, his encouragement to those he met and his ability to recognise only the most positive qualities of his family and friends.

Tom was a cheerful man who looked on the sunny side of life and was grateful for his long life. 

Family and friends are saddened that Tom was taken away from us so suddenly but we are grateful that he had a long and happy retirement in Cliftonville. 

Tom is missed by all who knew him.

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