Investigation in fatal accident

Police have launched an investigation after a man was found with fatal injuries in Eccleston.

Police were called at shortly before 3.40am on Sunday (August 10th) to New Lane in Eccleston to a report that a man had been found injured in the road.

The man, who has been identified as Rhys Davies, 21, of Eccleston, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have paid tribute to him and said: “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.”

A post mortem examination will be carried out to try to establish the exact cause of death but early indications suggest he was involved in a collision with a vehicle.

Police believe Mr Davies was walking home from the Rose and Crown pub where he had been working when the accident happened.

A 47 year old man from Croston was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries. 

Detective Superintendent Andy Webster, of the Force Major Investigation Team is leading the investigation. He said: “We are currently working to build up a picture of events surrounding this young man’s death. Early indications suggest that he has been involved in a collision with a vehicle as he walked along the road and I would appeal for anyone who was in the area of New Lane, Eccelston between the hours of 3.10am and 4am on Sunday and who may have any information to come forward to report it to the police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0258 of Sunday, August 10th or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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