A Kettering man who was returning home from a trip to pay tribute to tragic toddler Dylan Cecil, who drowned two years ago on a family holiday, was killed in an incident on the M5 motorway on Wednesday morning.
Peter Thurlow, 42, died when he was in collision with a lorry on the northbound carriageway of the motorway, near Burnham-On-Sea, at about 12.50am.
Mr Thurlow and Dylan’s family had travelled to Burnham-On-Sea to lay flowers and cards near the jetty where Dylan fell into the sea on August 19, 2012.
April 29 would have been Dylan’s sixth birthday.
Mr Thurlow was a friend of Dylan’s family and affectionately known as uncle.
A message was left on the Dylan Cecil RIP memorial page on Facebook on Wednesday night, which said: “Dylan, as you know me, daddy, Aunty Lisa and Uncle Pete came to Burnham to lay you flowers for your 6th birthday only for 50 mins after midnight your Uncle Pete was tragically killed on the motorway. Please take care of each other.”
Avon and Somerset Police said: “The incident happened shortly before 1am on the northbound section of the motorway between junctions 22 and 21.
“A lorry travelling northbound was in collision with a pedestrian at about 12.51am.
“The man was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Witnesses to the accident are asked to phone 01275 818340.