Robertsbridge crash victim was 'passionate' about cycling

A 50-year-old cyclist who died in a suspected hit and run in East Sussex had a "passion" for cycling, his family has said.

Paul Novak of West Hill Road, St Leonards, died after a collision with a car on the A21 at Robertsbridge shortly before 16:30 GMT on Monday.

His family said his love of cycling "led to his untimely death by being in the wrong place at the wrong time".

A 60-year-old woman arrested after the crash has been bailed until 2 February.

Sussex Police said the woman was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving and causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

'Wide interests'

In a statement, Mr Novak's family said he was a private person with a small group of friends, mostly connected with his love of chess.

They added: "He spent a lot of time researching a wide range of other interests and was extremely knowledgeable.

"His family are deeply shocked and saddened by their sudden loss."

Mr Novak and the car, a Fiat Punto, were both travelling south before the crash.

Police closed the A21 between Northbridge Roundabout and George Hill, Robertsbridge, for six hours.

Sgt Daniel Pitcher said police were still appealing for witnesses to come forward and would also like to talk to anyone who saw a damaged red Fiat Punto on the A21 or in Marley Lane.

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