Tributes have been pouring in for a “star” dad who was killed in a hit-and-run just a day after attending his stepdad’s funeral.
Darren ‘Daz’ Whitehouse, 43, was struck by a car as he crossed the road while walking his dog in St Mark’s Road, Tipton, West Mids at around 1.40pm on Saturday.
The vehicle, thought to be a stolen silver Infinity, did not stop after mowing him down.
Police and paramedics raced to save Mr Whitehouse but despite their best efforts he tragically died at the scene.
Officers were also called to a stabbing at a shop in the same road at 2.15pm but have confirmed they do not believe it was related to the fatal hit-and-run.
Today his heartbroken family paid tribute to Mr Whitehouse who was a full-time carer for his mum Sue, 66.
In a statement they said: “We are devastated at the sudden loss of Darren.
“We are so grateful for the support that the local community have shown to our family, thank you.
“If anyone has any information that may assist the investigation please contact the police directly.
“Whilst we struggle to come to terms with this devastating loss we would ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time.”
The tragedy is the second to hit the family in recent months, with the funeral of Mr Whitehouse’s stepdad just a day before his death.
Mourners took to social media to remember the “true gentleman” and “star”.
His brother Lee said: “R.i.p big bro loved you always miss you forever.”
One described him as “a man that would always put a smile on your face no matter what” and a “true loyal friend.”
“DAZ we have you shining bright like the star you was !!!!” he added.
Another wrote: “A true pure gentleman. Will be missed by many.”
Police found a silver Infinity stolen in Rowley Regis on February 24 which they believe was the car which hit Mr Whitehouse.
A forensic analysis of the car is being carried out.