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Tributes to Jason Lowdell, 37, who was killed crossing the road in Gillingham

PUBLISHED: 14:20 13 November 2017

Jason Lowdell

Jason Lowdell

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His family said he would “live on in the hearts and memories of those who loved him”

Tributes have been paid to a father who was killed after being hit by a car while crossing the road in Gillingham.

Jason Lowdell, 37, died following the crash in Watling Street last Monday.

In a statement, his family said he had saved the lives of others, having signed up to be an organ donor prior to his death.

“Jason was a son, father, brother, cousin and friend to many, and will live on in the hearts and memories of those who loved him, as well as in the lives he has helped to save,” they said.

“We would like to extend our thanks to everyone involved in Jason’s care, from those who stopped to help, to the emergency services, and to all the staff at King’s College Hospital (A&E and ITU departments) who worked tirelessly to give Jason the best possible chance of survival.

“We would also like to thank the staff involved in the sad passing of Jason, the organisation of organ donation, and the full support given to us during this truly devastating time.

“Jason had opted to join the organ donation register on two occasions (in 1996 and 2017) when applying for a driving licence.

“Registering for organ donation was an extremely difficult decision, and it was somewhat easier and comforting for us to know that this was Jason’s wish.

“It is truly amazing that the tragic loss of Jason’s life, at the age of 37, has changed the lives of four individual people in desperate need of organ transplants.

“In particular, the life-saving offer of both his heart and liver, and the life changing offer of his kidneys and pancreas. This has been very comforting, and we are so proud that he has been able to give the amazing gift of life to others.

“Forever loved and missed.

“R.I.P. Jason Lowdell”

Officers were called to a report of a collision between a red Toyota Aygo and a pedestrian close to the junction with Rotary Gardens at 12.55pm on November 6.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for any witnesses who they have not yet spoken to, to get in touch.

Anyone who saw the collision, or the vehicle or pedestrian beforehand, is urged to call the dedicated witness appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting reference DH/252/17.

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