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10 December 2016, 11:39
The family of a man who died after being hit by a car in Reading say he was smart, athletic and artistic and had just got engaged.
Russell Lee was critically injured in a hit and run as he crossed London Road last month.
A man from Earley's been arrested and bailed on suspicion of dangerous driving.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage covering the areas of the A4 London Road in Reading, Reading Road off the Shepherds Hill roundabout and Pitts Lane B3350 between 11pm on Friday 25 November and 2am on Saturday 26 November to contact Sgt Richard Grant of Hampshire Constabulary via 101.
Tribute to Russell Lee issued on behalf of his family
Russell Lee who was born 4 July 1986 and died on 30 November 2016:
“Heaven gained a very special angel on Wednesday 30th November 2016, when Russell Lee (also known to his friends as Grit) lost his fight for life in the John Radcliffe Infirmary. He was involved in an accident in the early hours of Saturday 26 November in Reading and sadly passed away on Wednesday 30 November.
He fought and fought like the Ironman he was but his injuries were too severe for even him to overcome. However, comfort can be gained from the fact that he is no longer suffering.
“He was the most amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, fiancé and friend and will leave a massive hole in everyone’s lives. He was an athletic, smart, artistic young man with a whole new part of his life just beginning following his engagement on 1 November.”
“This is an extremely difficult time for the family and they would appreciate everyone’s understanding in allowing them to manage their grieving process.”
Funeral arrangements through AB Walker in Wokingham.
Thames Valley Police is still appealing for witnesses to the collision in which Russell was initially seriously injured on 26 November at 1.50am on London Road, Reading.
Russell was crossing the road when he was struck by a dark-coloured car which failed to stop.
Russell was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries . Sadly he died in hospital on 30 November.
Anyone with information should contact Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting URN 125 26/11.
A 43-year-old man from Earley has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He has been released on bail until March 28, 2017.