Harbour Road in Paget was the scene of the tragic collision. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Harbour Road in Paget was the scene of the tragic collision. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, JUNE 15: Stunned colleagues today paid tribute to a top British doctor who died after a scooter accident.

Dr Joseph Footitt, 37, died in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital after his rental scooter was in collision with a car on Wednesday on Harbour Road in Paget.

His wife Emma, 36, suffered only minor injuries in the collision and was released from hospital after treatment.

Professor Sebastian Johnston, of the prestigious Imperial College, London, where Dr Footitt was a researcher and lecturer, said: “This is a terrible, tragic loss.

“I have worked with Joseph for the last five years and was looking forward to working closely with him into the future.

“He was an extraordinary man in the true meaning of the word, with a great sense of humour, energetic, extremely talented and universally liked.

“His loss is devastating to many, both personally and professionally. My thoughts are with his wife, his parents and all those friends who were lucky enough to enjoy his wonderful company.

“We will all miss him enormously.”

A spokesman for Imperial College said Dr Footitt, who joined the college in 2007, was an “outstanding scientist whose clinical research was making great strides to advance our understanding of treatments for emphysema and chronic bronchitis.”

He added: “The thoughts and condolences of the college community are with Dr Footitt’s family, friends and colleagues at this tragic time.”

Dr and Mrs Footitt, from London, were understood to have been due to attend a wedding on the island this weekend.

The death is the second road fatality of the year – with both involving overseas visitors on rental bikes.

In February Michael Lancellotta, 48, of Rhode Island in the US, died after his rental cycle was in collision with a water truck in St George’s.

Dr Footitt was a clinical research fellow at Imperial’s National Heart and Lung Institute, specializing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.