Family pay emotional tribute to cyclist Timothy Osborn
The family of cyclist Timothy Osborn, who died after being knocked off his bike in Spalding, have paid an emotional tribute to him.
Mr Osborn, 27, of Bourne Road, Pode Hole, was killed while riding along the A151 Bourne Road at around 9pm on Friday night.
A 41-year-old man from the Sleaford area has since been arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and failing to report an accident.
The family tribute reads:
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"Timothy James Osborn, 27, is our eldest child of four. He wasn't the most academic person but he had many better qualities and we were extremely proud of him.
"Tim worked at Morrisons all his working life, mostly in the car park pushing trolleys around and helping those who needed it to load their shopping into their cars. He loved his job, especially being outside in all weathers.
"Tim didn't want much. He was a happy child. He always said 'as long as I have enough money to pay my rent, update my computer and my push bike'.
"He loved to surprise us all with small thoughtful gestures and has left all of us with a very large hole in our lives.
"Tim was the light and soul of our family - always around with his fun and laughter. His family was extremely important to him and at family reunions, and parties or when we went on holidays, he was the life and soul - having fun and enjoying himself.
"Since Tim’s death on Friday night, we have had so many messages of support we are finding it hard to keep up with them all.
"We are finding out just how special our Timothy was to other people, helping them through hard times and being a shoulder to cry on.
"We would like to appeal to anybody who has information, however small, to contact the police. Imagine how you would feel finding your child dying in a ditch at the side of the road, not five minutes away from home.
"We would like to say a huge thank-you to Lincolnshire Police and both ambulance and fire services for all their hard work and dedication.
"We are just a normal family who, like many families, were just living our own lives the best we could when this happened.
"Tim, We are so sorry we couldn’t be there to stop this happening. We love you forever and you will always be in our hearts.
"RIP - TO A VERY SPECIAL SON"
Mum, Dad, Emma, Zoe and Michael
If anyone has information about the incident, call the non-emergency 101 number or the Collision Witness Hotline 01522 558855.