Heartbroken friends have paid tribute to a popular dad who died in a suspected ‘road rage’ incident after being ‘repeatedly run over’ yesterday.
Matthew Tester, known to friends as Tik, has been named by pals as the victim of the attack which happened in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Investigators allege the driver rammed Mr Tester and another man in broad daylight next to a Marks and Spencer supermarket.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the dad-of-two was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Pal Kevin Hawkes wrote: “RIP Tik ride safe in heaven my friend thinking of your family at this very sad time.”
One friend wrote: “Great guy. Had some good laughs over the years.”
Another, who said he was “stunned and shocked”, wrote: “It is an absolute shock, great person, thoughts go out to his wife and daughters.”
Friend Melvin Jason Morriss posted: “What a shock was a brilliant guy and an inspiration.”
Mr Tester, who ran a scaffolding business with his wife Kim, was a scooter enthusiast, and friends paid emotional tributes to him.
A Facebook page for scooter lovers, Scootering Scene, wrote: “Rest In Peace
“Scootering scene sends deepest sympathies we are totally shocked to hear the news regarding our friend Tik Tester our thoughts, & condolences go out to his family & friends, you are in our heart and mind.
“May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead.”
A family friend said that Mr Tester’s wife had said he was “run over repeatedly”, adding: “Matthew is a really nice, hard-working family man. He runs a scaffolding company and his wife Kim does the books.”
The pal added: “Everyone is so shocked.”
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, police said.
In a statement, Surrey Police said: “Police were called to Church Street around 2.15pm following reports that an altercation had taken place between a group of men.
“One of the men then got into his car, a white 1 series BMW, and is reported to have driven at two of the other men in the group.”
Officers confirmed they are not presently seeking anyone else in connection with this incident while they continue carrying out enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Springett said: “We understand that a serious incident like this has caused a lot of concern in the local community and we would like to reassure residents that we are doing everything we can to establish what has happened.
“From our initial enquiries, it appears that an altercation has taken place, leading to a physical confrontation, which then resulted in one of the group getting into his car and driving at two of the other men.
“Tragically, this has resulted in the death of one man and left another seriously injured and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”