Chris Marriott, 46, met a tragic end while selflessly coming to the aid of a woman in need. Chris, accompanied by his wife and two young sons, aged eight and six, was on a routine walk when he spotted a woman lying unconscious on the street.
As Chris rushed to provide first aid to the woman, a fatal turn of events occurred. A car collided with them and several others present at the scene.
Despite the frantic efforts of neighbors to assist by attempting to push the car off Chris, their attempts proved futile.
South Yorkshire Police have now officially charged Hassan Jhangur, 23, with murder, along with five counts of attempted murder.
Jhangur remains in police custody and is scheduled to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court in the coming days.
Meanwhile, a 55-year-old man, initially arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, has been released on police bail.
The 32-year-old woman whom Chris was aiding remains hospitalized in a life-threatening condition, adding to the gravity of the situation.
Chris’s family, grappling with the profound loss, released a heartfelt tribute through South Yorkshire Police, painting a poignant picture of a man known for his unwavering commitment to helping others.
Describing Chris as a “wonderful husband, dad, brother, uncle – and friend to many,” the family emphasized his lifelong dedication to community service.
Community Mourns Loss of Chris Marriott
Chris had actively contributed to various organizations, including Sheffield College, Jubilee Foodbank, Debt Advice, Voluntary Action Sheffield, and, more recently, Community Money Advice. He had also served as a trustee of MASKK (Manor and Castle After School and Kids Klubs).
Reflecting on the circumstances of his untimely death, the family expressed the inherent kindness and selflessness that defined Chris.
They conveyed, “The circumstances of his death, although tragic and unfathomable to us his family, show the sort of man he was – to go to help rather than to turn away.”
Beyond his charitable endeavors, Chris worked as the IT manager for the national debt advice charity, Community Money Advice.
The organization’s team mourns the loss of a valued team member, describing Chris as “a man who loved people.”
Heather Keates, Chief Executive of Community Money Advice, remembered Chris for his kindness, work ethic, generosity, and willingness to guide others through the complexities of IT.
Chris’s final act of administering first aid to a stranger, prioritizing their needs over his own safety, exemplified the essence of a true Good Samaritan.
As the community mourns the loss of this compassionate soul, thoughts and prayers are extended to Chris’s wife and their two young boys during this exceptionally difficult time.
The family urges anyone with information about the incident to come forward, seeking a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding Chris Marriott’s tragic death.