A BIKER heading home from a night shift was killed in a hit and run smash in Coventry.
Dean Tilley, from the Hillfields area, died in a crash along London Road, near Abbey Road, early on Saturday morning (August 30) when his motorbike was hit by a car.
The 43-year-old, who worked as a warehouseman, was treated at the scene by paramedics after the 3.15am crash but died in hospital later.
Police believe an abandoned black Vauxhall Vectra found nearby was involved in the incident.
A statement issued on behalf of Mr Tilley’s family read: “Dean was a hard-working man from a private family.
“He was returning from working a night shift when this happened.
“We desperately need to find out what happened and ask anyone who knows anything about the collision to help the police.”
Specialist officers are liaising with the family while crash scene investigators have examined the location of the collision.
Collision Investigation Unit officers are appealing for witnesses and are keen to hear from the driver of a Nissan Micra believed to have been at the scene.
Sergeant Paul Hughes said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision.
“We’ve heard from one witness that said a red Micra was close by and, though not involved, the driver could have crucial information.
“This person may have stopped at the time and spoken to emergency crews, it’s unclear, but we need them to get in touch.
He added: “This is a terribly tragic event that’s resulted in a man losing his life.
“We’re following up a number of enquiries but it’s vital that anyone who was in the area at the time, or anyone with information about the crash, contacts us. Even the smallest snippet of information, no matter how trivial it may seem, could be crucial.
“I’m also appealing to the driver of the Vectra to come and speak to me. It may well be they are unaware of the seriousness of the incident so it’s important they make contact – we need to hear their side of the story so we can piece together exactly what happened.”
Anyone with information should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.