A DAD is calling for a full investigation in to how his son died after being hit by a police car answering an emergency call.
Father-of-two Aston Mclean died instantly when he was hit by the marked police 4x4 as officers responded to reports of a burglary at a motorbike store.
Now his devastated family in Southampton are pleading for answers about the circumstances that led to the 28-year-old former St Mary’s Primary School pupil dying at the scene from his injuries.
Speaking from his home in St Mary’s, Aston’s dad Neil told the Daily Echo that he is struggling to cope with the loss of his son and is frustrated that they haven’t even be able to hold his funeral as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) carry out an investigation into his death.
The 50-year-old taxi driver added: “No parent wants to go before their child and I just want to get answers so that Aston and his children get justice.
“Nobody deserves to die like this and now my grandchildren have to grow up without their dad in their lives.”
The IPCC is trying to trace witnesses to the fatal collision, which happened in the early hours of August 6, as Thames Valley Police were responding to reports of a burglary.
Aston was hit by the marked police car in Wokingham Road, along with a police officer who was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
An investigator from the IPCC has since examined the scene and the car has undergone forensic tests.
IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “We have met with his family to explain our role, while our investigators have made good progress in recovering a range of evidence to ensure that our investigation is able to provide them with a comprehensive account of what happened.”
But while this work continues, dad-of-eight Neil says he is left in limbo, waiting to hear how his construction worker son, who grew up in Southampton before moving to Reading with his mum, came to die.
He added: “We are all just devastated and he will be sorely missed. He was always in Southampton, visiting me and his brothers and sisters who he would do anything for.
“If he walked into the room all eyes would be on him. He was a fun-loving guy who got on with anyone. He had a great sense of humour and always had a lovely smile on his face.
“The support I have had from family and friends has been overwhelming and just goes to show how much he was loved.”
Earlier this month, Aston’s mother Janet Williams paid tribute to her “gentle” but “strong” son and urged anyone with information to come forward.
Aston leaves behind his two children, Dejan, 10 and four-year-old Jodice.