FRIENDS have paid tribute to a 74-year-old man who was killed while crossing Hyndburn Road in Accrington.
Robert Larner, of Lincoln Court, Church, was in collision with a car near Accrington's Asda store last Wednesday and was taken to Blackburn Royal Infirmary where he died a few days later.
Neighbours have also hit out at would-be thieves who threw a brick through Mr Larner's window the night he died.
Peter Sheriff, 61, said: "They are the lowest of the low. He was a quiet person who didn't have much in the way of possessions and they went to steal from him."
He added that a friend had called the police and the gang were frightened off before they could take anything from the house.
Mr Larner was a regular at the Spread Eagle pub on Blackburn Road, Accrington where he played for the darts and dominoes teams.
People there said he had been playing dominoes at the pub the night before he died.
Landlady Sheila Wooding said: "He was very talkative and very popular. Everyone here liked him.
"He was also a really good pool player.
"We were really upset when we found out what had happened. He was a really nice man.
"He came here but he wasn't a big drinker, he just came to socialise. You never saw him get rolling drunk."
Mr Larner, a divorcee, lived on his own and had no family. He was a retired grinder who formerly worked in Church.
It is believed police are investigating the incident in which Mr Larner was clipped by a Mini driven by a 24-year-old man who has not been named.