A 24-year-old Southport man was killed when he was struck by a coach in Dorset.
The accident happened at about 3:00am this morning (Saturday 23rd June 2012) near Bloxworth in Dorset.
The Coach was en-route to Weymouth to collect passengers, and was empty at the time of the crash.
The pedestrian sustained fatal head injuries and sadly died at the scene.
An investigation is underway into the cause of the accident.
The coach driver suffered shock.
UPDATE MONDAY 25th JUNE 2012
The Southport man who died has not been named until relatives have been informed. The bridegroom-to-be was knocked down and killed during the early hours of Saturday morning.
The 24-year-old soldier had flagged down a taxi after the celebrations but was forced to abandon it because he lacked the money for the full journey back to base.
He was walking along the unlit A35 road in Bloxworth, Dorset, when he was fatally struck by the coach at around 3am.
The young serviceman suffered severe head injuries and was certified dead at the scene.
News of the tragedy was broken to his fiancée while she was out of the country on her hen night.
Sergeant Dave Stroud from Dorset Police said: “It’s a poignant and tragic case.
The Southport man who died has been named as Matthew Cottrell, a Sapper in the Royal Engineers.
Matthew had been out with friends in Poole, Dorset and caught a taxi in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The 24-year-old only had enough money to get to Organford, halfway back to his base, so began to walk and was knocked down by the coach in Bloxworth.
Matthew, from Southport, suffered severe head injuries in the crash and was declared dead at the scene.