THE brother of a Chorley father-of-two who died after being hit by a bus today revealed that it was the second time the family had been through a road accident nightmare.
Barry Nagaitis, 49, of Carleton Road, Great Knowley, suffered severe brain damage after being struck by the bus while shopping on Cross Street, in Manchester.
He was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary and later transferred to the neurological department at Salford’s Hope Hospital for a brain scan.
His daughter Kate, 19, son Adam, 17, ex-wife Susan and brothers Carl, 50, and Mark, 37, who flew in from his home in Texas, were by his bedside in hospital as he battled for life
But Barry, who ran his own quantity surveying firm Nagaitis Associates from home, lost his fight for survival four days after the accident.
Today his elder brother Carl, who lives in Winsford, Cheshire, admitted he was involved in a similar accident when he was knocked down by a speeding car in Kent in 1989.
He was on a life support machine but eventually recovered.
And he paid tribute to his brother, saying his motivation in life was his two children and successful career.
Mr Nagaitis, who runs a public relations business, said: “Lightning has struck twice in the family, only the second time with tragic results.
“I was involved in an accident 13 years ago in Kent. A car going at high speed knocked me down as I crossed the road and I was on a life support machine.
“It’s a great tragedy for the family. Barry was doing well in his career and that’s what kept him going in life, along with his kids.
“He was a quantity surveyor and a chartered engineer.
“He was very highly respected in his industry and was well-known as a disputes negotiator. He was due to go to Japan later in the year for a work’s project.”
The family has been inundated with flowers, cards and messages of condolence from relatives and friends around the country.
A close friend of the family said:
“Barry’s death came as a great shock to the family. Nobody expected this to happen. He was such a friendly and lovely person, very much a family man.”
The funeral service was held yesterday at St Joseph’s RC Church, on Harpers Lane, Chorley.
An inquest into the accident has now been opened.