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Posted by portugalpress on May 15, 2018

The family of British grandfather Jimmy Blower - killed as a result of a hit-and-run in the early hours of Monday morning in Albufeira - fear a “crippling bill” to fly his body home.

Niece Teresa Robertson has told her local paper in the UK that “it is a nerve wracking time” for the family which is still trying to come to terms with Blower’s untimely death.

“There was no way he could have survived”, said his niece of the horrific incident on Albufeira’s main avenue.

“If his son had been two steps closer, he would have been hit too”.

26-year-old son Andrew has meantime flown home to Tyneside to be greeted by his emotional family.

Teresa Robertson told the paper about how Andrew and his father had been returning home to their hotel after celebrating Newcastle’s win over Chelsea.

Window maker Jimmy from Morpeth “lived and breathed Newcastle and never missed a match”, she said.

Known to pals as “Cheetah”, Jimmy is described as someone “everyone loved being around”.

“Everyone who knew him loved him”, she said, adding that he would “laugh at everything”.

Ms Robertson has created a JustGiving page to try and help the family with looming financial costs.

As we write this text, donations are starting to trickle in. The goal is £1,000 (click here).

Said Jimmy Blower’s niece, the family has been told “it will cost about £6,000 just to fly him home”.

Hoping “the insurance will come through” - but aware it may not cover everything - the family now is just waiting to hear what has to be done next.

The Public Ministry has meantime opened an investigation into the incident, and the alleged hit-and-run driver has already appeared in court (click here).

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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