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Former Bromley Common cricket president Bill Bassett dies in car accident

PUBLISHED: 18:23 22 November 2011

Former Bromley Common Cricket Club president Bill Bassett (left) pictured with Bromley Council leader Stephen Carr in 2009 at the unveiling of a new part of the ground

Former Bromley Common Cricket Club president Bill Bassett (left) pictured with Bromley Council leader Stephen Carr in 2009 at the unveiling of a new part of the ground

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»The devastated friend of a former cricket club president killed in a road accident has described him as a "quiet man who was well loved".

Bill Bassett, who headed Bromley Common Cricket Club for 30 years, died after being in collision with a Ford Fiesta which was leaving a McDonald’s car park in Hastings Road, Bromley on Friday at 11.25am.

He had only recently recovered from a long-term illness.

The 87-year-old was described by good friend and current club chairman Alex McCulloch as a “friend to everyone at the club” who would be ‘missed by all”.

Mr McCulloch, who found out about the tragedy on Sunday, said: “Bill was a member of the club for 65 years and our president for over 30.

“He was a quiet man who was well loved by everyone and he will be missed by all. He was a figurehead of the club and very independent.

Devastated

“We are all devastated. He had recently recovered from an illness so for this to happen seems so unfair.

“He was a batsman and a bowler and helped us become a good club again. He would still come to visit us at least once a week.”

Mr Bassett was single and leaves behind a brother and a sister who were too upset to talk to The Times.

The pensioner suffered serious head injuries in the incident.

He was taken by ambulance to the Princess Royal Hospital in Farnborough but died on Friday evening.

By coincidence Beckenham MP Bob Stewart happened to be with the ambulance crew who were called to the scene.

He was travelling with the paramedics and technicians to gain an insight into how they work and the type of incidents they respond to.

A 49-year-old woman from Lewisham was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving without due care and attention and fraud.

She was bailed to return to police on January 19 next year.

A police spokesman said: “Officers were called at 11.25am to Hastings Road. A car exiting McDonald’s car park was in collision with an 87-year-old man.

“He was taken to the Princess Royal with life-threatening injuries.

“The victim passed away on Friday evening.”

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