Details of the man who tragically died at the weekend in a collision with a car as he walked along the A483 in Wrexham have emerged.
Simon Hannigan, 27, of Heol Hyfryd, Gwersyllt, was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a silver Vauxhall Corsa vehicle shortly after 6.20pm on Saturday (26 October).
Killed two months after marrying childhood sweetheart
Mr Hannigan leaves behind his wife Gemma – who he only married two months ago – and sons Aled, seven, Ethan, five and Ryan, three.
Mr and Mrs Hannigan had been together for 14 years and tied the knot in Cyprus in August this year.
Mrs Hannigan led the tributes, saying: “It was two months to the day of our wedding.
“He couldn’t pick one best man, he had to pick two.”
She described him as “a family man who loved Manchester United and fishing”.
She added: “He loved going out and having a drink and a laugh with his mates. He loved playing football with his kids.”
His mother Mandy said: “I think the happiest I had ever seen him was the day of his wedding.”
‘A popular man who made friends easily’
Mr Hannigan also leaves behind his sister Chermaine, who described him as a popular man who was always happy to help his family and friends.
She said: “Everyone loved him. No one has got a bad word to say about him.
“There’s no one around here that didn’t get on with him.
“He made friends easily with anyone wherever he went.”
Mr Hannigan, who worked for Bloor Homes as a bricklayer, spent nine months working in Africa teaching people how to build.
Social media tributes
Social media platform Facebook has been inundated with comments from people expressing their sadness and shock at Mr Hannigan’s death.
Jimmy Ackerley wrote: “I’ve known you since you were a little lad mate, you were a great lad and a great dad. You will be truly missed by all who truly knew you. RIP mate, God bless you.”
Aaron Evans posted: “I can’t believe you are gone. It still hasn’t quite sunk in. I’m going to miss you. You will never be forgotten, a top mate and a friend to all.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or the events leading up to it are asked to contact PC 1865 Joanne Roberts of the Deeside roads policing unit on 101, quoting incident reference number P177178.
If you suffered an injury in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, and blame or negligence can be proved to lie elsewhere, we can pursue an accident claim on your behalf.