Reigate: Soldier Killed In Hit And Run
A member of the Coldstream Guards has died in an accident outside a bar in Reigate.
Ben Regan, 20, who took part in Trooping The Colour last week, was hit by a vehicle in Bell Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Friends at Dorking rugby club, where Mr Regan played for the under-21s team, said he was an "exceptional young man" and they are devastated at his death.
Paul Mosley, a vice president at the club, said: "It is desperately sad. He was a very nice, lively, quirky, loveable man. I've known him since he was a little lad, he was always very loveable and he turned into an exceptional young man.
"He was in the Coldstream Guards and in the Trooping of the Colour last week. It was a proud occasion for his whole family.
"He was proud to serve and he would have been looking forward to serving his country abroad. He had really taken to life in the Army. He was very sporty and it opened up huge horizons for him. He was a clever boy with a good heart. He is going to be so missed.''
Mr Regan was struck by a grey or light-coloured car outside Joules Bar at around 2am Saturday morning.
Surrey Police say a man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with the fatal collision and has been released on police bail until August.
Detective Sergeant Gary Wright said: "This was a tragic incident where a young man has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends at this devastating time."
An Army spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a serving member of the Coldstream Guards involved in a road traffic incident.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends who have been notified and it would be inappropriate to comment further whilst there is a police investigation ongoing.''
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