THE devastated family of a man killed after being hit by a lorry say they have been robbed of the chance of spending a lifetime with him.
James Attwood, from Havant, died instantly when he was hit by a lorry on the A31, in Surrey, last Thursday.
The 30-year-old is believed to have been on foot, not in his car, when the collision occurred on the Hogs Back.
In a statement released through Surrey Police, his family said: ‘We are absolutely distraught after the loss of our beautiful son, James.
‘We cannot believe that such a tragic accident has robbed us of the chance to spend a lifetime with a loving son and brother who was loved by all who knew him.
‘We are in complete shock and desperately struggling to come to terms with our loss.
‘James was happier than ever and had his whole life ahead of him. He had just been promoted at work, had fallen in love with a beautiful girl and was in the process of securing a flat.
‘We just can’t understand how this could have happened.
‘James was always positive in his outlook, was so happy and loved his family and friends deeply and this will be our lasting memory of him.’
The accident, near Guildford, happened just after 10am and led to the busy road being closed for six hours while road traffic investigators tried to piece together what happened.
The lorry involved was owned by Chambers Recycling Solutions, based in Guildford.
An inquest into Mr Attwood’s death has been opened and adjourned.
His family are believed to be planning a public memorial to much-loved Mr Attwood.
Anyone who saw the incident or who has information should contact Surrey Police’s collision investigation unit on 01483 639922 quoting reference P14263970.