Tributes paid following tragic cyclist's death on A27

TRIBUTES have poured in online following the death of a cyclist.

Friday, 11th May 2018, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:19 am

The incident, which happened on the A27 yesterday morning, has shocked people on social media with users taking to Facebook to express their condolences.

The victim, a 50-year-old man from Gosport, died following a crash with a motor vehicle.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the hit and run, which happened eastbound on the A27 Chichester By-Pass, between the Stockbridge and Whyke roundabouts at 7.20am.

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The road was closed for the majority of the day while officers investigated the scene.

Michelle Ralph, who campaigns for road safety charity Brake, shared a message of support after the crash.

In her post, she said: ‘My thoughts are with family and friends. May you get the answers, respect and justice you deserve. X’

In October 2016, Michelle’s uncle Gary Martin died after being hit by a Colas truck in Eastern Road, Portsmouth.

Refuse worker Simon Boyd, 40, was later convicted of causing the moped rider’s death by careless driving.

Posting on Facebook, Garry Cornell, said: ‘It sickens me that some one did not stop after an accident. So sorry for the families it will involve’

Karen Waddington said: ‘Thinking of this poor man’s family. My heart goes out to them x.’

Brian Hopgood said: ‘I hope the person who did this has the decency to come forward.’

Other people on The News’ Facebook page urged the driver to hand themselves in out of respect for the victim’s family.

Lee Brace said: ‘Absolutely shocking if this was a hit and run. The driver needs to own up to their actions. They have a responsibility to the poor man and his family.’

Rich Archer said: ‘I travel that road every day, it’s always busy at 7.20am, someone must have seen something,’

Leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Jason Hazzard, yesterday said: ‘It is vital that anyone with information about this collision, or who thinks they may have been involved, comes forward to speak to us. It was a busy time on the road, and we believe there may be several witnesses who have not yet contacted us.

‘In particular, we are keen to talk to two men wearing shorts and with tattooed legs who were seen beside a small white van which had stopped nearby.

‘I’d also appeal to any drivers whose vehicles are fitted with dash-cams and who were on the A27 early on Thursday to check the footage for anything that may relate to this crash.’

If you have any information on this incident, you can report the details by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Redstone.