Son’s heartbreaking final phone call before dad was killed in horror crash

A heartbroken son has recalled his haunting last phone call with his dad just two hours before he was tragically killed in a horror crash on the way home from work.

Tony Walker, 59, was killed when he pulled out from the B1249 near Scarborough, Yorkshire, at around 9pm on July 8 after finishing a 16-hour shift as a carer.

He collided with a car on the main carriageway and sadly died of his injuries, YorkshireLive reports.

His son, Lee, who also marks the four-year anniversary of his mum's death this week, had spoken to him just shortly beforehand, with his dad telling him he may struggle to visit his three grandchildren at the weekend because he could not find cover at work.

Tony had recently been promoted to care manager and staffing shortages had seen him work from 6am to 10pm for the past three weeks.

"He was upset that he couldn't spend time with his grandkids because he wasn't going to be able to get staff to cover and he'd be on all weekend," said Lee Walker, 35.

"That was when I last spoke to him.

"He left the house at 6am that morning for work and he'd been doing that for two or three weeks, leaving at 6am and not back until ten at night because he'd been doing extra calls to help out."

Lee has been overwhelmed by messages of love and support from countless friends and strangers since Tony's death.

Tony was involved in local amateur football for around 35 years, as a player, a coach of both men's and kids' teams and as secretary of the Scarborough and District Football League.

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A charity match will be held at Ayton Football Ground on Sunday, July 25.

"There's just so many people that he had a positive impact on that have phoned me and left messages – I didn't even know half of them," said Lee.

"He coached kids' teams he coached men's teams. When I played football I didn't play for anyone else, I just played for my dad."

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He described his dad, who cared for his mum for decades before her death from organ failure, as "devoted" to his family.

"He would do anything to help someone who needed it," said Lee. "He gave so much and took nothing in return."

A fundraiser with Go Fund Me has been set up to raise money for Tony's funeral. To contribute, click here.

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