There is more terrible, tragic car accident news to absorb from this weekend.

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Alexander Hitchen, managing editor, pictures at the New York Daily News, is on his way to Spain with his wife to collect the bodies of his parents. The elderly pair were hit by a car on Sunday while crossing a road in the resort town of Altea, where they own a home.

Brian Hitchen, an “ebullient and joyful” former Fleet Street newspaper editor who received a Commander of the British Empire award from Queen Elizabeth in 1990 for his journalism efforts, died in hospital from sustained injuries; wife Nelli was declared dead at the scene. From this afternoon’s item by Daily News reporter Corky Siemaszko:

Daily News editor-in-chief Colin Myler broke the news to the staff on Monday.

“Brian was a warm, generous and incredibly talented journalist and editor,” Myler said. “He was a mentor to so many Fleet Street journalists who adored him. But above all he was devoted to Nelli and his children and grandchildren. It is such a tragic loss.”

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