Dad-of-four dies in hospital one month after hit-and-run in Runcorn

Kevin Viles, from Runcorn died in hit-and-run
Kevin's wife Emma said he fought 'very hard' to be back with their four children and one-year-old grandchild. Credit: MEN Media

A man has died in hospital a month after being seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Cheshire.

Kevin Viles, from Runcorn, passed away on Friday 18 November at Aintree Hospital.

The incident happened on the A5333 Southern Expressway, Runcorn, just before 6pm on Monday 17 October.

The 41-year-old was the passenger in a silver Mini Cooper which came off the road and overturned on an embankment.

The driver of the car fled the scene, leaving Kevin inside the vehicle.

Following his death, Kevin’s wife Emma said: “Kev was not only my husband, but my best friend, my soul mate and a shoulder to cry on when I needed it.

“He fought so very hard to heal and recover from his injuries, to be back with me and our four amazing children Nathan, Jessica, Amber and Kaylee, and his grandson Kairo.”

“Sadly, Kev lost the battle and peacefully drifted away on November 18, with me right by his side.

Kevin's wife Emma described him as a "big friendly giant" who "always put people before himself".

Kevin passed away on 18 November with his wife Emma by his side. Credit: MEN Media

She continued: “Our kids meant the absolute world to him, and he would always go above and beyond to ensure they were number one of his priorities.

"Although you sleep in heaven now Kev, you’re not really that far away my heart is full of memories and you’re with me every day.

“You lived your life with meaning and with a smile upon your silly face. A world that was full of happiness is now an empty place for me.

“People say that only time will a heal a broken heart but just like me and you it has been torn apart.

“I know you’re at peace now and in a place where you are free.”

Police have now renewed their appeal for information following the collision.

Police Constable Liz Thompson, of the Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Following Kevin’s death I would urge people to examine their conscience and think back to the day of the incident.

“This isn’t just a serious collision anymore, a man has lost his life, a woman has lost her husband, four children have lost their dad and a one-year-old baby has lost his grandad.

"If you have any information in relation to this collision – no matter how small – please come forward so we can get justice for Kevin’s family."

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident who may have witnessed the collision or saw the silver Mini Cooper travelling from Widnes Town centre across the Mersey Gateway Bridge onto the Southern Expressway on the night of the incident.

Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident is urged to contact police on 101 quoting IML 1391017, or visit this website.