A village was in mourning today for a popular young chef killed on his way home from work at his local pub.
Rhys Davies, 21, who died after colliding with a car in New Lane, in Eccleston near Chorley, was described by his grieving family as a laid-back individual who “always had a smile on his face.”
Police said he was found in the road at around 3.40am on Sunday and died from his injuries at the scene.
A 47-year-old man from Croston was detained on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and later bailed pending further enquiries.
Relatives released a statement yesterday saying: “Rhys was a 21-year-old man who worked as a chef with his dad in his local pub.
“He was very laid back in his outlook and always had a big smile on his face. He was a man of few words. When he spoke, people listened. His death will leave a big hole in the lives of family and friends.”
It is believed Rhys was walking from the Rose and Crown pub in Ulnes Walton to his home in Eccleston in the early hours when he was struck by a car.
Crime Scene Investigation officers were later seen examining a vehicle in nearby Croston.
The news shocked friends who posted messages of condolence on Facebook. Stephanie Pollitt wrote: “Completely heartbroken. Lost for words.”
Another, Gemma Sloan, wrote: “Such sad news. That smile will always be remembered. Rest in peace.”
Police said a post-mortem had been carried out to establish the cause of death. Early indications “suggest he was involved in a collision with a vehicle.”
Det Supt Andy Webster, of the Force Major Investigation Team said: “We are currently working to build up a picture of events surrounding this young man’s death.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0258 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.