Driver refuses to help dying man pleading for lift after falling ill on way home

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Ryan Craney, 30, tragically passed away after falling unwell while walking to a friend’s house and his heartbroken family are now urging people to help others in need

Ryan Craney died after falling ill in the street
Ryan Craney died after falling ill in the street

The family of a young man who died suddenly after being taken unwell have criticised a driver who refused to stop and help him.

Ryan Craney was walking to a friend’s house through Germiston in Glasgow at around 12pm on November 28 when he started experiencing pains in his chest, Glasgow Live reports.

The 30-year-old stopped a passing car to ask for help, but was refused and had to walk the rest of the distance home to Springburn alone and in pain.

After arriving, Ryan’s mum Margaret helped him to bed where he believed his chest pain was easing off – but just a few minutes later, he died.

Despite paramedics’ best efforts, his life couldn’t be saved. His cause of death will be confirmed in a post mortem later this week.

His cousin Shannon explained: “Ryan was at the blind tunnel at Darnick Street when he got pains in his chest. He then asked a passerby in a car for help and they refused and drove away.

“Ryan continued to walk home,which is a 15-minute walk if you aren’t struggling, so we don’t know how long it had taken him to walk home.

“Ryan wasn’t the type of person to ask for help so it took him a lot to ask a stranger in a car.”

Ryan Craney (pictured with mum Margaret) died after falling ill in the street
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Ryan was a full-time carer for his mum Margaret who is said to be “lost” without him.

In a bid to ease some of the burdens, a fundraiser has been launched to help pay for his funeral with well-wishers so far donating more than £700.

Shannon and the family are now urging people to be kind and help others.

She added: “Ryan was always smiling, always making people laugh, always the life and soul of every family event. He was so caring and would do anything for anyone.

“He kept himself to himself, no one has a bad word to say about him either.

“Ryan was also his mum’s carer and did everything for her without even a grump. He was my aunt Margaret’s only child, he was a healthy 30-year-old with no underlying health conditions.

“All the kids that know Ryan thought the world of him – everyone that knew Ryan loved him. He had plenty of time for anyone.”

A touching message on the fundraiser reads: “Ryan was a great person, the most friendly guy I ever met. Always happy, a good neighbour and a better friend. He will always be remembered.

“Rest in peace my friend you will always be in our hearts. Margaret, we will always be at your side if you need anything.”

Another added: “As a mum to a mum, I just can’t imagine what you must be going through. Ryan was such a nice young man and a real tribute to you as a mum.

“Keep strong for him, he is watching over you. I wish I had a chance to say thank you properly for all the cups of tea!”

To donate to Ryan’s fundraiser, visit here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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