'Doting' grandad killed by rock smashing through windscreen on day out with wife and grandkids

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Undated family handout of Steven Oscroft, 60 of Shirebrook, Derbyshire, (PA)
Steven Oscroft, 60 of Shirebrook, Derbyshire was killed when a rock came through his windscreen. (PA)

A ‘doting’ grandfather of four was killed when a large rock smashed through his windscreen while on a day out with his family.

Steven Oscroft was driving along Netherfield Lane in Perlethorpe-cum-Budby, Nottinghamshire, when the object struck his Hyundai ix35 at around 11.40am on Tuesday.

Nottinghamshire Police said the 60-year-old likely died instantly when “a large rock or piece of concrete” went through the windshield.

Oscroft of Shirebrook, Derbyshire, was pronounced dead at the scene but his wife and two grandchildren, who were also in the car, were unhurt.

In a statement, his family said: “Steve was a devoted, husband, father, son and brother and a doting grandad, he was genuine and kind and well loved by all who knew him.

“As a family we are struggling to comprehend the tragic end which resulted after a trip out and fun time with the grandchildren, our lives will never be the same again and we can now only cherish those special memories in our hearts.”

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PC Joanna Baxter, from Nottinghamshire Police said: “It was obviously an incredibly traumatic ordeal for his wife and two grandchildren.”

She added the police they were working to establish what happened and were appealing for witnesses.

“We are particularly appealing for anyone that may have seen a large beige coloured cabbed truck that may have been discarding its load in the area around the time of the collision,” PC Baxter said.

Anyone who has information that could help the investigation is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 275 of 7 July.

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