NRI father dies in accident after saving his nine-year-old daughter

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An NRI father was killed in a horror crash after pushing his nine-year-old daughter out of the way of an oncoming car and saving her life.

Paul John, 47, passed away in UK’s Manchester hospital, two days after being hit by a Kia Picanto.

Tragic incident

Witnesses reported seeing Paul John desperately push his daughter Angela out of the way of the oncoming vehicle when they were walking in Wythenshawe, Manchester. He managed to shove his child to safety but not before the car crashed into him.

Moments later the car struck a 27-year-old woman and her two-year-old son, who was in a pushchair.

Angela John suffered minor cuts and bruises while the woman was treated for a broken wrist. The toddler was uninjured.

The 88-year-old male driver of the car remained at the scene and is helping police with their investigation.

Paul John was immediately taken to hospital where two days later he tragically died.

A simple, selfless life

Sajan Chacko, president of the Manchester Knanaya Catholic Association, told Daily Mail: “Paul was very involved in church activities, and was a very active member – we are like a family at the church.

“He was a lovely man, he always had a nice smile on his face. He was never rude, and was always very friendly. He was very religious. He spent most of his time with the family, looking after the kids. That was his life. He would go to work, then go back and look after his family.’

Paul had also selflessly signed onto the organ donor register, so that all of his organs could be used to help others after his death, Metro reported.

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The dad-of-two moved to Manchester from Kerala in 2001, and worked for Sky Chefs at Manchester Airport, Manchester Evening News reported.

His wife, Mini Paul, works as a staff nurse at Wythenshawe Hospital and his 13-year-old daughter Kimberley attends Whalley Range High School. Angela attends St Thomas More Catholic Primary School.

Fundraising page

Friends of John have set up a fundraising page to support his wife and two daughters.

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Paying tribute to Paul John on the JustGiving page, fundraisers described him as an “extremely soft-spoken and kind-hearted person who would always rush to help anyone in need.”

They added: “At this extremely difficult time, we feel it is our prime duty to stand by the family and support them in every which way we can. We would like to start this fund-raising to support the family.”

Published on 21 March 2017

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