Popular Neil Brown has been named locally as the man killed in the industrial accident on Tuesday lunchtime.
Police sources say the 42-year-old was “crushed” by a vehicle he was working on inside a unit in the Queen Margaret’s Industrial Estate,
He was rushed to Scarborough Hospital but died just after he arrived.
The Health and Safety Executive are understood to be investigating the tragedy, while the village united in grief as word quickly spread of the death of a “true gentleman”.
On Facebook, friends posted pictures of a single beer can on top of their cars as they overlooked the village – a final drink for a popular figure in Hunmanby’s pubs.
On social media, hundreds of friends paid tribute to a “genuinely lovely person” while the village’s home page said Hunmanby was in shock at Mr Brown’s death.
One friend told the Mercury: “Neil was just an incredible, genuine and brilliant bloke.
“He was the heart and soul of Hunmanby, a true class act who everyone thought the world of.
“The village is in mourning for the loss of a true legend.”
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “We were called at around 1.15pm on Tuesday April 14, after reports of an industrial accident.
“A 42-year-old man was seriously injured in the incident and was taken to Scarborough Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead a short time after arriving.
“We are not in a position to release the identity of the deceased at this time.”
An inquest is expected to be held into Mr Brown’s death, although Scarborough Coroner’s Office confirmed that one has yet to be opened as of going to press.
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UPDATE: North Yorkshire Police stated yesterday that the incident happened at City Electrical Factors.
The force today confirmed that the incident actually happened at Shoreline Suncruisers on Queen Margaret’s Industrial Estate, and have apologised for any inconvenience this may have caused.