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Wednesday, 22 May, 2002, 21:29 GMT 22:29 UK
Pensioner killed in hit-and-run crash
Doug True, right
Mr True, right, was a keen Crystal Palace fan
An 82-year-old war veteran who served as a personal aide to General Eisenhower was left to die in a hit and run accident.

Neighbours battled to save Doug True as he lay trapped under a car while the driver, and three passengers, got out and ran off.

His family said the young men in the car were "callous beyond belief".

The accident happened yards from Mr True's house at about 1745 BST on Tuesday in Grove Road, Thornton Heath, in south London.

War record

Mr True's son-in-law, bank manager Gildo Zangirolami, 49, said the pensioner had worked for General Eisenhower during World War II.


We think it's callous, terribly callous for these people to just run away

Gildo Zangirolami, son-in-law
"He kept it very secret and didn't tell anyone up until a few years ago when he saw a building on television and said he used to work there for Eisenhower, then it came out.

"He said he was a clerk and still never talked about it much.

"We think it's callous, terribly callous for these people to just run away like that."

Mr True's wife, Joyce, 82, who was said to be distraught, had been seeing him off to the shops.

"Her last memory of him is seeing him under the car outside their door and it's a horrible memory for her," said Mr Zangirolami.

Football flowers

The couple lived in the same house in Grove Road for the last 40 years.

They were both Crystal Palace fans and were photographed with the former club manager Steve Coppell on their Golden Wedding anniversary.

They also grew red, white and blue flowers - the club's colours - in their immaculate garden.

The couple had a son, Jim, and daughter Kath, both in their 50s, and a granddaughter.

Police have identified the owner of the car involved but are still investigating who was in it and whether it was stolen.

No arrests have been made.


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