Police appeal for information as injured 85-year-old cyclist dies following car collision
West Midlands Police have launched a fresh plea for information after a cyclist injured in a collision in Walsall has sadly died.
Tributes have been paid to 85-year-old Brian Humphreys who has been fondly described as ’enthusiastic’ and a ’dedicated family man.’
The grandfather suffered a serious head injury following a collision with a white Mercedes Sprinter in Temple Bar, Willenhall, at around 10.20am on 15 June.
Mr Humphreys, from Willenhall, was rushed to hospital but his condition deteriorated and he died on 26 June.
In a tribute his family said: “A dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend to many; Brian is loved by so many for his enthusiastic approach to life. Age was always just a number.
“Nothing ever fell short of perfection, his dedication to hard work and high standards made him not just a friend or a father figure in the lives of those around him; but a teacher, mentor, and guide through life’s many turns.
“Brian’s life was filled with good times surrounded by the people he loves most, exploring the world, laughing and dancing up until the day he was cruelly taken from us. Our memories will be treasured, but a huge part of our lives will now be forever missing.”
The 32-year-old driver of the van was arrested at the time on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle whilst unfit through drugs and been released pending investigation. He will be further interviewed.
Police still need to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have dash cam footage, and has not already spoken to us.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the WMP serious collision investigation unit, said: “To lose a loved one is heart-breaking and we’ll do all we can to help and support Mr Humphreys’ family as they grieve.
“As officers we can never truly heal their pain and anguish; but we can seek to get answers as to what happened that morning.
“We need anyone with information to come forward. You may not have realised the severity at the time and we all owe it to the family to find out how the collision occurred.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat, by calling 101 or emailing [email protected], quoting log 1267 of 15 June.