Saturday 24 September 2016

Wife's tribute to 'Mr Wonderful' killed with son as they crossed the road

Rod Minchin

Published 07/12/2015 | 19:54

Anna-Louise and Stuart Bates, 43, with their children three-year-old Elizabeth and seven-year-old Fraser, as Mrs Bates has paid paid tribute to her husband and son after they were killed as they crossed a road shortly after midnight on Sunday. Photo: South Wales Police /PA Wire
Anna-Louise and Stuart Bates, 43, with their children three-year-old Elizabeth and seven-year-old Fraser, as Mrs Bates has paid paid tribute to her husband and son after they were killed as they crossed a road shortly after midnight on Sunday. Photo: South Wales Police /PA Wire

The heartbroken wife and mother of a husband and young boy killed as they crossed a road has paid tribute to them.

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IT manager Stuart Bates, 43, and seven-year-old Fraser were killed in the collision shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Mr Bates died shortly after the collision at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Fraser passed away on Sunday night at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Anna-Louise Bates paid tribute to her husband and son, saying: "Stu was my 'Mr Wonderful'.

"Fraser was 'our Bear' and his initials spelled out F.A.B. - he was indeed FAB by name and FAB by nature.

"Together with three-year-old Elizabeth we were a family of four but I know everybody we met over the years became part of our extended family.

"I know they will both be singing 'Forever Young' and playing football with Fraser's hero, Duncan Edwards, in heaven.

"Look after each other my 'bears'."

Mr Bates was an IT programme manager for PHS in Caerphilly and Fraser was a Year Two pupil at Llysfaen Primary School, Lisvane.

A funeral will take place at St Martin's Church in Roath, Cardiff at a later date.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene for the father and his son, who were from the Llanishen area of Cardiff.

Local resident Bryan George told the BBC there had been several accidents on that stretch of road.

"There has been numerous accidents," he said.

"My wife and I were talking to a neighbour earlier on and the number of times we've run out with blankets and towels and offered people coffee.

"It has been waiting to happen and now it has happened and maybe now they will do something about it. But it is much too late."

South Wales Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision.

"Police officers are keen to hear from any witnesses that can describe any vehicle movements in the area at that time," a force spokesman said.

The 22-year-old driver of an Alfa Romeo car has been arrested and released on police bail.

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