A FAMILY has paid tribute to an Irishman who died in a fatal collision in Bedfordshire.
William Joseph Corrigan died after being involved in a collision with a vehicle at Needwood Road, Bedford at around 2.10pm on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old, who was from Birr, Co. Offaly but lived in Bedford, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Carl Lawrence, 38, of Bedford has been charged in connection with the collision.
Mr Corrigan’s family paid tribute to the hugely popular musician.
"William Joseph was a loving husband, dad, son and brother,” they said in a statement.
“He loved his music and was a gifted banjo player.
“He was hugely popular in the local area and will be sadly missed by all who knew him."
Lawrence appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court today (Friday) charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
He was remanded in custody ahead of a future court appearance.
Investigating officer Sergeant Paul Stanbridge said: “I’m appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw the vehicle in the area before, or after, the collision, to get in touch to help us establish what happened.
"It is a tragedy when someone loses their life as a result of a collision and our thoughts are with Mr Corrigan’s family at this time.”
Anyone with information is asked to use the force's online reporting centre, or call on 101 quoting Operation Cathedral.