Tributes to Special Olympian who died after being struck by car

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Tributes to Special Olympian who died after being struck by car

Kevin Prenzlau, 51, who lived in St Helens Road, was hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing in Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards on August 23.

He suffered serious injuries and lost his fight for life two days later.

This week Mr Prenzlau’s friends said they knew him as a ‘nice lad and special person’.

The keen runner, who had a learning disability, competed at the 2009 Special Olympics in Leicester.

Mr Prenzlau also helped at Friary Gardeners at Ore Place Farm, which is part of the Parchment Trust, a charity offering horticultural training for people with disabilities.

Roger Hambrook, deputy manager at Friary Gardeners, said: “Kevin was with us for seven years and worked here three times a week.

“He was one of the most liked people here, very able, and a keen member of our community gardening team. Kevin was a good all-round guy and a keen supported of Hastings United Football Club, as he used to walk them play regularly.

“Kevin was a brilliant sportsman and took part in running events all over the country.”

Mr Hambrook said Mr Prenzlau often met him and his wife on Saturdays for coffee and chat.

Mr Prenzlau was also a regular visitor of Hastings Gateway Club, a Mencap group for people with learning difficulties, for many years.

He had enjoyed a visit with the club to Port Lympne zoo in Kent just two days before his accident.

Mick Thomas, who knew Mr Prenzlau through working for the Conquest Hospital’s maintenance department, said: “Kevin was a nice lad and a special person, enthusiastic, and always friendly.

“I went to his 50th birthday last year at The Welcome Stranger and lots of his friends were there.

“I also presented him with a cheque for £200 a few years ago for the local Special Olympics team, of which he was a member.

“His death is a great loss to everyone who knew him.”

Police said Mr Prenzlau was hit by a Seat Ibiza car near Silverdale School at around 7.30pm on August 23.

The driver, a 17-year-old boy, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and was subsequently released on police bail until October 26 while enquiries continue.

The road was closed for five hours while police conducted their investigations.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Mansion.”