A DRIVER has been arrested after a young chef was found dead in the road shortly after leaving work at a nearby pub.

Rhys Davies, 21, was found with fatal injuries in New Lane, Eccleston in the early hours of Sunday, August 10, after police received reports that a man had been found injured in the road. Police said they were alerted shortly before 3.40am.

Mr Davies, who lived in Eccleston, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Officers said he had been walking home from the Rose and Crown pub where he had earlier been working when the accident happened.

His family have since paid tribute to him.

In a statement they said: “Rhys was a 21-year-old man who worked as a chef with his dad in his local pub.

“He was very laid back in his outlook and always had a big smile on his face.

“He was a man of few words but when he spoke, people listened.

“His death will leave a big hole in the lives of family and friends.”

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday to try to establish the exact cause of death but police said early indications suggest he was involved in a collision with a vehicle.

A 47-year-old man from Croston was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Superintendent Andy Webster, of the Lancashire major investigation team is leading the investigation.

He said: “We are currently working to build up a picture of events surrounding this young man's death.

“Early indications suggest that he has been involved in a collision with a vehicle as he walked along the road.

“I would appeal for anyone who was in the area of New Lane, Eccleston between the hours of 3.10am and 4am on Sunday and who may have any information to come forward and report it to the police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0258 of Sunday, August 10.