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Father of dead cyclist spoke to road.cc about the unfolding investigation

Police hunting for a hit an run driver who left a cyclist dying in the road on Friday night have said that they are looking for a silver van in connection with the incident.

We reported last night how 27-year-old Timothy Osborn was found by his family in the road in Spalding after midnight, having been struck by a van on his way home from work at 9pm.

He died later at the scene.

The driver had either failed to stop or driven away from the scene without reporting the matter.

Police have now said that they are seeking a silver Transit-style van, which may be a Renault Trafic, Vauxhall Vivaro or Nissan Primastar model.

Last night, Timothy's father Stephen commented on our original news item to clarify the situation surrounding his son's death.

He said that Timothy was wearing a hi-vis motorcycle jacket, and that his front and rear lights were still on when he was found, more than three hours after he was hit.

Stephen also said that Timothy was nine inches from the curb when he was hit by the van, and that the van appeared to have made no attempt to stop, given that there were no skid marks on the road.

Stephen said that it was thought that the van was driving at at least 60mph. He said: My son travelled that road on his beloved bike since he was 10 years old.

"At night if he heard a vehicle coming up behind him he would ride up on the pavement then back on the road after it had gone. According to the police he didn't get that chance last night."

Our thoughts are with Timothy's family.

Anyone with information should call Lincolnshire police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 101.

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.