Friend shocked that move to Gower had such tragic ending
A HEART-BROKEN family friend of the pedestrian killed on The Kingsway said she cannot believe his move to a quiet Gower village ended in such tragic circumstances.
Sheila Nichols said she remembered Daniel Foss and his twin sister Sarah being born 37 years ago before the family, including siblings Joseph and Saffron, moved to London.
Daniel had settled in Reynoldston a few months ago to spend time with his mother, who had been back in the Swansea area for a few years.
While the circumstances of Daniel's death are likely to only become clear during his inquest, Mrs Nichols said that in her view The Kingsway's layout was tricky for local residents, let alone people brought up away from the area.
"It is really terrible to think he had come to a quiet Welsh village, and this is what has happened," she said.
"Even we can't get used to the road (The Kingsway)."
Mrs Nichols, aged 64, of Dunvant, said she attended Powys Avenue Junior School, Townhill, with Daniel's mother, Joanie, and had kept in touch since.
She said her pal loved living in Reynoldston. "She was so happy there," she said.
Mrs Nichols said she believed The Kingsway's layout, which comprises a one-way carriageway for cars along most of its length and a two-way carriageway for buses, taxis and cyclists, needed to be changed. She said she and several of her friends had had near misses as pedestrians.
An eyewitness to Tuesday's fatal collision, Michael Thomas, said Daniel had set out to cross the two-way carriageway a few yards from a pedestrian crossing.
The Kingsway's layout was altered around five years ago to accommodate the bendy buses.
Mr Thomas, who tried to resuscitate Daniel, and his boss Kristopher Morgan said another issue was speeding cars and taxis at night on The Kingsway
Swansea Council has said it is looking into the circumstances of Daniel's death.
"Since The Kingsway was redeveloped, further signage has been installed to advise pedestrians of safe crossing points," a spokesman said this week.
In a tribute, Daniel's family described the 37-year-old, who worked at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, as "the life and soul of the party", adding: "He loved life, and did not have an enemy in the world."
The Oxwich Bay Hotel's owner Ian Williams said he had made a big impression in a short time.
Mr Williams said: "One thing about Daniel was when he walked into the room, he was like a ray of sunshine. It's tragic. He really will be sorely missed."
If you can police with their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, phone 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.