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Family pay tribute to 'kind and loving' grandfather after cycle death

David Perkins suffered serious head injuries after he was knocked off his bike. Credit: BPM

The family of a cyclist killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Birmingham have paid tribute to 'the most kind and loving person'.

David Perkins, 65, suffered serious head injuries after he was knocked over in Edgbaston shortly before 11am on 21 August.

Police were called to the junction of Osler Street and Reservoir Road to reports of a collision between a car and a bicycle.

Mr Perkins was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a critical condition where he later died.

The driver of the blue Seat Ibiza failed to stop at the scene, but the car was later recovered on Villa Street, Lozells.

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Mr Perkins' family paid a tribute to him, saying:

We lost an amazing father, partner and grandfather.

His sudden death and the circumstances in which he was taken from us make it impossible to comprehend at this time.

He was truly the most kind and loving person and his life was taken away from this world far too soon.

He will be terribly missed by everyone who knew him. We don’t know how we can be without him.

– Mr Perkins' family

Two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance were called and Mr Perkins was treated at the scene.

Part of Reservoir Road was closed off while investigations took place but has since been reopened.

A 23-year-old man later handed himself in to West Midlands Police and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has since been released.

We are urgently appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

I am aware of there being witnesses to this collision who did not remain at the scene prior to police arrival and would like to hear from them.

Any information, no matter how small, may help our investigation.

“We are also appealing to anyone with dashcam footage to get in touch.

– West Midlands Police