THE FAMILY of a biker killed in a hit and run have made a desperate plea for people to come forward with information.
Dean Tilley was heading home from a night shift at a city warehouse early on Saturday morning when he was hit by a car along London Road, near Abbey Road.
Police believe an abandoned black Vauxhall Vectra found nearby was involved but no arrests had been reported by the force when the Observer went to press yesterday (Wednesday).
The 43-year-old, from the Hillfields area, was treated at the scene by paramedics but later died in hospital.
A statement issued on behalf of his 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.”
Police have appealed for witnesses and are keen to hear from the driver of a Nissan Micra believed to have been at the scene. The incident happened at around 3.15am.
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.