Family pay tribute to 'loving son, husband, and father' killed in Accrington hit-and-run

A 40-year old man who died following a collision in Accrington has been named by police.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 7:18 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 7:22 pm

Lancashire Police are appealing for information after a 40-year-old man died following a collision in Accrington.

Police were called to reports of an accident on Manchester Road at around 5.50pm yesterday (Sunday, February 2).

It was reported a Peugeot 208 car, travelling south, had been involved in a collision with a pedestrian before being driven away.

Umran Hussain Sodagar, 40, died following a collision in Accrington. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

He can now be named as Umran Hussain Sodagar, 40, who was from Accrington.

In a tribute his family said: “We have lost a loving son, husband, and father who put smiles on many faces, touched many hearts and will forever remain in those hearts.

"A friend to many, best known for his positive energy, always bringing people together, a believer in love and a man of good morals and principles.

"He will be truly missed and his legacy will remain. In his own words ‘Lancashire’s finest’ We love you.”

The road was closed for four hours while accident investigators attended the scene.

Following enquiries, two men, both aged 25, were later arrested by police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

They remain in custody.

The Peugeot was later recovered from Lemonius Street.

Police are appealing for information following the collision and are particularly keen to trace the driver of a black BMW car, believed to have witnessed the incident.

Sgt Steve Hardman, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Umran’s family and his friends at this sad and difficult time.

“While we have made two arrests, we are keen to speak to any witnesses who might have seen what happened.

“Of note, we are keen to trace the driver of a black BMW, who is thought to have seen the incident.

“I would encourage anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 1232 of February 2.