A GRIEF-STRICKEN mother whose son died after being hit by a car has paid tribute to him saying 'he was my everything'.

Kristian Johnson was hit by a Suzuki Alto in Market Street, Bacup, at around 1am.

Mr Johnson, from Weir, died at the scene.

Several floral tributes were left at the scene, which was close to the Texaco petrol station.

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Paying tribute to her son, Paula Johnson, who also lost her husband, Gary, 10 years ago, said: “He was so lovely, he was kind and caring. He was a real gentleman.

“He was my only child.

“He was my whole world, he was my everything.

“This incident has wrecked my life.

“I didn’t have any other children because I didn’t think I could share the love I had for Kristian.

“He always used to joke about his name, he always asked us why we called him Kristian with a K.”

Mr Johnson had studied law at Burnley College and had worked at fabric company John Cotton in West Yorkshire as an administrator with his mum.

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Theresa Healey, Mr Johnson’s auntie, said: “He was a good lad. He was sensible.

“Kristian was the heart and soul of the family.”

A tribute at the scene said: “Rest easy, brother.

"Gone, but never forgotten. Shaun B.”

The road was closed for around three hours while police conducted collision investigation work.

The driver of the Suzuki, a 19-year-old woman from Bacup, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs.

She is currently in police custody.

Police are looking for witnesses to the incident to come forward and speak to officers.

Sergeant Andy Ainsworth said: “An investigation is underway following a fatal collision in Bacup.

“A man has died and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

“A family liaison officer has been appointed to support the man’s family.

“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken with police to come forward.

“I am particularly interested in speaking to a group of males who stopped at the scene – they may have information useful to our investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 quoting log reference 69 of June 17.