Tributes paid to Darren Thomas who died after being hit by car in Kingswood
TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a man who died on his 25th birthday after being hit by a car in Kingswood.
Darren Thomas, who lived locally, died in Frenchay hospital on Sunday after suffering severe injuries in the incident in Tenniscourt Road on Friday night.
Since his death, a growing number of flowers and handwritten tributes to Mr Thomas have been left on a fence near the scene of the incident.
Beer cans and a pint glass had also been tied to the fence yesterday. One note, from Becky Watts, described “happy childhood memories” playing with Mr Thomas and friends in fields near the former Falconride Primary School in Kingswood.
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She said she remembered playing football and tag, as well as jumping over fences to see who could get on the roof.
Another tribute, left by Bridget, who described herself as Lee Gingell’s mum, said: “It seems like yesterday that you, Lee, Nicky, Aaron, and Dan played in Falconride field.”
Other tributes and pictures were left on a Facebook page called RIP Darren Thomas, which had been set up in his memory and “liked” 445 times.
Jess Howells left a message saying that family and friends had had a drink on Sunday to celebrate Mr Thomas’ birthday and life.
She said: “Having that drink for you tonight, being with your family and friends, was just lovely, knowing we were all together today celebrating your birthday and your life.
“We all knew you were there with us, Dar, and you’ll be there in our hearts and minds forever now.”
Samantha Adams was another to leave a tribute, which said: “Sleep tight mate. You were such a big part of so many lives! All my love to Tracy and the rest of your family, stay strong for each other.”
Chris Rogers said: “R.I.P My Friend, Dazzelbrush you will never be forgotten. You were always there, one of the best friends anyone could ask for. You always listened and always helped where you could. RIP my friend, you will never be forgotten.”
Mr Thomas was walking near Kingswood fire station when he was hit by a Honda Civic at about 9.15pm on Friday.
Police are still appealing for anyone who was in the area and thinks they may have seen anything relating to the incident to contact the collision investigation unit on 101.