Heartbroken dad trying to raise money for son's funeral

Neil Mclean with his sons Aston, left, and Levi.

Neil Mclean with his sons Aston, left, and Levi.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

THE heartbroken family of a popular dad who was knocked down and killed by a police car are appealing for help to ensure that they can give him the send-off he deserves.

Father-of-two Aston Mclean died instantly when he was hit by a marked police 4x4 as officers responded to reports of a burglary at a motorbike store earlier this month.

As his family anxiously wait for answers about the circumstances surrounding the Hampshire-born 28-year-old’s death, they are trying to raise enough money to pay for his funeral.

His grieving dad Neil, who lives in St Mary’s, is appealing for any help to make it the perfect send-off for his son, while Aston’s family in Reading are organising a fundraising event to help with the funeral costs at their local boxing club on August 31.

As previously reported, the IPCC is investigating the collision which killed Aston and injured a police officer, in the early hours on August 6.

Thames Valley police were responding to reports of a burglary when Aston was hit by a marked police car in Wokingham Road.

Construction worker Aston had grown up in Southampton, going to St Mary’s Primary School, before moving to Reading with his mother, however he was regularly in Southampton, where he still has many relatives, including his dad and seven brothers and sisters.

Taxi-driver Neil paid tribute to his son, who has two children, Dejan, 1,0 and Jodice, 4, describing him as a fun-loving guy who always had a smile on his face.

Now it is Neil’s focus to ensure that his son gets a proper funeral, once his body is released from the coroner.

He said: “We are all in limbo. Not being able to say our final goodbyes is really frustrating but we know that the investigation has to take priority.

“Aston was a lovable family man who would do anything for his family, so that is why we are fundraising, to make sure that he gets the funeral he deserves.

“I will be fundraising to try to get together the money we need to say a proper goodbye and any donations will be welcome.

“I have had so much support from so many people – they know who they are – and I will be thankful from the bottom of my heart for any support we can get to pay for the funeral.”

Anyone who would like to help can call Neil on 07780 856696.

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11:28am Thu 21 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

The police should pay for his funeral.
The police should pay for his funeral. Kirsty666
  • Score: 8

11:46am Thu 21 Aug 14

Brite Spark says...

Was the injured policeman in the police car or trying to make an arrest in the street?
Was the injured policeman in the police car or trying to make an arrest in the street? Brite Spark
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Thu 21 Aug 14

richieroo says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Was the injured policeman in the police car or trying to make an arrest in the street?
As per the previous article - Aston was hit by the marked police car in Wokingham Road, along with a police officer who was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Instead of skirting around the issue with your implications, why don't you just come out & say it?...
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Was the injured policeman in the police car or trying to make an arrest in the street?[/p][/quote]As per the previous article - Aston was hit by the marked police car in Wokingham Road, along with a police officer who was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Instead of skirting around the issue with your implications, why don't you just come out & say it?... richieroo
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Thu 21 Aug 14

sarfhamton says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
The police should pay for his funeral.
It would be a nice gesture but it may not be allowed as it is a live investigation.
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: The police should pay for his funeral.[/p][/quote]It would be a nice gesture but it may not be allowed as it is a live investigation. sarfhamton
  • Score: 4

12:47pm Thu 21 Aug 14

minnie64 says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
The police should pay for his funeral.
Why? The circumstances have not come out yet as to how he was killed - for all we know he could have ran out into the path of the car - no one can judge this until the truth is known. Whatever the circumstances a very sad loss for his family
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: The police should pay for his funeral.[/p][/quote]Why? The circumstances have not come out yet as to how he was killed - for all we know he could have ran out into the path of the car - no one can judge this until the truth is known. Whatever the circumstances a very sad loss for his family minnie64
  • Score: 5

3:09pm Thu 21 Aug 14

sammyp83 says...

The police should definitely pay for his funeral they get away with everything these days! !!!
The police should definitely pay for his funeral they get away with everything these days! !!! sammyp83
  • Score: -8

4:36pm Thu 21 Aug 14

massimoosti says...

I'm sure that mates like "Hampshires most wanted" Michael Easy and the like will dig deep and donate.
I'm sure that mates like "Hampshires most wanted" Michael Easy and the like will dig deep and donate. massimoosti
  • Score: -2

5:18pm Thu 21 Aug 14

SwedeSaint says...

massimoosti wrote:
I'm sure that mates like "Hampshires most wanted" Michael Easy and the like will dig deep and donate.
Cheap shot at a young guy whom you know very little about, well done big man.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: I'm sure that mates like "Hampshires most wanted" Michael Easy and the like will dig deep and donate.[/p][/quote]Cheap shot at a young guy whom you know very little about, well done big man. SwedeSaint
  • Score: 2

5:39pm Thu 21 Aug 14

massimoosti says...

Thought men like Michael Easy were the big men ?
Thought men like Michael Easy were the big men ? massimoosti
  • Score: -3

6:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

leesa-kim says...

the police get away with so much and higher up turn a blind eye , dont fob this poor family off , if the blame lies with the police then for once admit it and take the blame and pay for this grieving families funeral ....that is the least you can do dont just send an apology......STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!!..........
.........my heart goes out to the family at this sad time .
the police get away with so much and higher up turn a blind eye , dont fob this poor family off , if the blame lies with the police then for once admit it and take the blame and pay for this grieving families funeral ....that is the least you can do dont just send an apology......STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!!.......... .........my heart goes out to the family at this sad time . leesa-kim
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Thu 21 Aug 14

SwedeSaint says...

massimoosti wrote:
Thought men like Michael Easy were the big men ?
This story is not about him though is it? If it helps your sense of self-worth and ego to anonymously slate him on an unrelated story then good going big man.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Thought men like Michael Easy were the big men ?[/p][/quote]This story is not about him though is it? If it helps your sense of self-worth and ego to anonymously slate him on an unrelated story then good going big man. SwedeSaint
  • Score: 1

11:23pm Thu 21 Aug 14

solomum says...

The article fails to mention how Aston came to be in the place where he was knocked over. Was he the person the police were looking for or just happened to be walking past when he got hit?
The article fails to mention how Aston came to be in the place where he was knocked over. Was he the person the police were looking for or just happened to be walking past when he got hit? solomum
  • Score: -4

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