Family tribute to Sutton's Matthew Wood killed in Nine Elms/ Vauxhall helicopter crash

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The pedestrian who was killed in yesterday’s helicopter crash in Nine Elms has been described as a "big guy with a big heart".

Matthew Wood, 39, from Brunswick Road, Sutton, was killed in the crash as he walked to his office in Wandsworth Road.

Mr Wood’s brother Darren, 35, texted him just before 8am to reassure him about his 11 month old nephew who was in hospital.

However, when his family tried to contact Mr Wood again his phone was off.

Mr Wood’s family are gathering together in this difficult time and his sister, Amanda Wood, 31, from Carshalton, said: "We heard it on the news and you don’t expect it to be someone from here.

"All day I was trying to contact him when I heard – but his phone was off. His phone is never off.

"He was texting my brother in the morning asking how he was. His last conversation would have been about his family who he loved.

"[The police] phoned at about 8.30 last night and said to prepare for the worst."

Miss Wood, who works in Asda in Sutton, described her brother, a manager at Rentokil, as a popular man who was well known in Sutton.

She added: "He was a big friendly giant. He was a big guy with a big heart.

"His godson was his world. Matthew’s got no children but he’s got lots of godchildren.

"When we were younger we used to clash like any brother or sister but losing our dad last year – it draws you together.

"It would have been the one-year anniversary of our dad’s death on the 21st of January.We were just talking the other day about what we should do.

"It would have been Matthew’s nephew and godson’s birthday on the first of February – he’s going to be one.

"I was looking forward to him taking me down the aisle when I eventually get married."

Mr Wood was planning to celebrate his 40th birthday with a party in April. His friends and family have decided to hold the event as a tribute to him.

Alan Brown, CEO of Rentokil Initial said: "Matt was well known to all of us who visit the Vauxhall office, including myself. He was in every respect a warm and generous man and a cornerstone of our team in Vauxhall.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to Matt's family and to our colleagues in Vauxhall who, though safely evacuated, will be deeply affected by this tragic accident."

Mr Wood, a former Carshalton Boys School pupil, lived with his two cats which his sister described as his surrogate babies.

He was dedicated to his nephew and liked to travel and go drinking with his friends.

He was into heavy metal music, going to gigs and used to work in the old Hotrocks music store in Sutton.

A post mortem gave the cause of death as severe burns and leg injury. An inquest will open in due course. 

Did you know Mr Wood? Leave a tribute in the space below or email ssleigh@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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12:46pm Thu 17 Jan 13

AlexTB says...

It is so sad. My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
It is so sad. My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. AlexTB
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4:40pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Tellitall says...

Terrible for all involved. Could it have happened in Sutton? If you live locally you may know that Sutton is the 'Spaghetti Junction' for helicopters heading in/out of Battersea. My concern is not the emergency services flights, but the increasing number of commercial flights. I attended a meeting of the Battersea Heliport Consultative Committee last year and was told this type of accident could never happen. Tragic.
Terrible for all involved. Could it have happened in Sutton? If you live locally you may know that Sutton is the 'Spaghetti Junction' for helicopters heading in/out of Battersea. My concern is not the emergency services flights, but the increasing number of commercial flights. I attended a meeting of the Battersea Heliport Consultative Committee last year and was told this type of accident could never happen. Tragic. Tellitall
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6:14pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Brianfromsutton says...

Really sad news. I remember Matt from Hotrocks (I'm glad the article mentioned the shop as I'd forgotten what it was called!)

Just saw the item on London ITV news, my condolences to Amanda and the rest of the family.

Please don't use this as a beef about Helicopters over Sutton... this is a tribute to Matthew.
Really sad news. I remember Matt from Hotrocks (I'm glad the article mentioned the shop as I'd forgotten what it was called!) Just saw the item on London ITV news, my condolences to Amanda and the rest of the family. Please don't use this as a beef about Helicopters over Sutton... this is a tribute to Matthew. Brianfromsutton
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8:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

lauracotterill says...

My condolences to all of Matt's family and friends. I knew Matt years ago through his then girlfriend and I still have the kitten his two cats had together. He was a truly genuinely lovely guy with a heart of gold.
My condolences to all of Matt's family and friends. I knew Matt years ago through his then girlfriend and I still have the kitten his two cats had together. He was a truly genuinely lovely guy with a heart of gold. lauracotterill
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10:24pm Thu 17 Jan 13

colinb07958 says...

I also remember him from Hot Rocks record shop. Such a nice bloke. My thoughts go out to the family.
I also remember him from Hot Rocks record shop. Such a nice bloke. My thoughts go out to the family. colinb07958
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5:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nibrows says...

I remember Matt from his days at Hotrocks, he was always giving me advice on what metal album to buy. We attended a few gigs together over the years he was there too.
I remember him standing up on the tube holding on to the handle then falling to the ground on our way back to Morden from a gig. He got up with the handle in his hand and said he was keeping it for a souvenir.
A down to earth funny guy who was always nice to everyone he met.
My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
I remember Matt from his days at Hotrocks, he was always giving me advice on what metal album to buy. We attended a few gigs together over the years he was there too. I remember him standing up on the tube holding on to the handle then falling to the ground on our way back to Morden from a gig. He got up with the handle in his hand and said he was keeping it for a souvenir. A down to earth funny guy who was always nice to everyone he met. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Nibrows
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8:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Paula1975 says...

I didn't know him, but he was a regular fellow passenger on the bus to morden. thoughts are with the family
I didn't know him, but he was a regular fellow passenger on the bus to morden. thoughts are with the family Paula1975
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11:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

sfocata says...

Never knew him to speak to, but I remember seeing him around Sutton, and I certainly remember him from Hot Rocks, Sutton's last (?) independent record shop. That was a great little shop, with the feel of a place run by enthusiasts.
Never knew him to speak to, but I remember seeing him around Sutton, and I certainly remember him from Hot Rocks, Sutton's last (?) independent record shop. That was a great little shop, with the feel of a place run by enthusiasts. sfocata
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10:15pm Sun 20 Jan 13

fintytin says...

I knew Matt well and although we lost touch in recent years i fondly recall the laughs we had and was shocked to hear of his passing-RIP big man !! : (
I knew Matt well and although we lost touch in recent years i fondly recall the laughs we had and was shocked to hear of his passing-RIP big man !! : ( fintytin
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