TRIBUTES have been paid to a 92-year-old former Scout leader who has died after a cycling accident.
Derek Stevens was riding along Ringwood Road, Totton, last Saturday when he came off his bike in an incident involving a vehicle that failed to stop.
He was taken to University Hospital Southampton but doctors were unable to save his life.
Members of the 5th Testwood Scouts have paid tribute to Mr Stevens, praising his near half-century association with the Scout movement.
Posting online they said: “Derek started at 5th Testwood as a volunteer with our Cub Scouts back when we were known as the 23rd Romsey on 30 August 1972 and was still involved with the group as a helper almost 50 years later.
“Derek was the Group Scout Leader at Testwood for seven years and had been treasurer, chair and over the years kept our lorries and minibuses on the road.
“Derek used to drive the minibus every week to pick up the elderly folk to take them to bingo and drop them home afterwards, this involved two runs to collect and two to drop off.
“Many will have still seen Derek regularly riding his electric cycle around the Totton area.”
A police spokesperson added: “We were called at 3pm on February 26 following reports a cyclist had come off their bike. The cyclist, a 92-year-old man from Totton, was taken to hospital, where sadly he died on Tuesday.”
Police are describing it as a single-vehicle accident but say another road user was involved.
Speaking earlier this week Police Sergeant Spencer Wragg said: “We are appealing to witnesses and would specifically like to speak to anyone who stopped at the scene as we believe they have important information that can assist our inquiries.
“We are also making inquiries to track down the vehicle involved and would ask the driver to get in touch with us as well.”
In 2017 the community rallied round to help Mr Stevens buy a new electric bicycle after his was stolen when he popped into the Totton branch of Asda.
An appeal organized by his granddaughters, Samantha Stevens and Hannah Inayat, resulted in the community raising £ 550 towards a replacement.
The accident happened just east of Ringwood Road’s junction with Graddidge Way. Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting 44220079602.