Family of ‘Good Samaritan’ killed in car crash say his death shows ‘the sort of man he was’

The family of a Good Samaritan who died after being hit by a car while trying to help a stranger have said his death shows “the sort of man he was – to go to help rather than to turn away”.

Chris Marriott, 46, had been out for a walk with his wife and two young sons when he stopped to help a woman lying unconscious in the street in the Burngreave area of Sheffield on Wednesday afternoon.

As Mr Marriott gave first aid to the woman, a car ploughed into him and the crowd of people who had gathered around.

In a tribute released through South Yorkshire Police, his family described him as a “wonderful husband, dad, brother, uncle – and friend to many”.

“He devoted much of his life to helping others,” they said, including at Sheffield College, Jubilee Foodbank and Debt Advice, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Community Money Advice and MASKK (Manor and Castle After School and Kids Klubs).

Two men, a 23 and a 55-year-old, were arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

The woman Mr Marriott was helping remains in hospital in a life-threatening condition, South Yorkshire Police said.

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Officers are appealing for dashcam, CCTV footage or information that could help their investigation.

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