A father and his dog have been killed in Coventry, England, causing police to launch a murder investigation after describing the incident as a deliberate hit-and-run following an earlier altercation.
The incident took place in Coventry on Tuesday night, 30-year-old Andrew Flamsom suffered fatal head injuries after he was knocked down by a car. The father-of-one was walking with a friend and a dog on Grosvenor Road when the incident happened.
Mr Flamsom died while in hospital on Friday afternoon. His friend is still receiving medical treatment and his condition is described as serious. The dog's injuries were so severe that the vet put it down not long after the incident.
Mr Flamson's family paid tribute, saying: "Andrew was much-loved by many people. We've received messages from all over the country from the party and dance scene. Music was Andrew's life."
Police have said that they believe the incident was sparked by an altercation that took place earlier, and they have appealed for anyone who saw the silver Ford Mondeo that was involved to contact them.
Detective Inspector Sangha, of West Midlands Police, said: "There appears to have been an altercation between two groups in Westminster Road at around 11pm, which seemed to act as a catalyst for the collision.
"I need anyone who witnessed the disorder, saw the collision or the silver Mondeo driving away to get in touch as soon as possible. "A boy has been left without his dad due to the actions of the driver, we need to trace the offenders and get justice for Andrew's family.
"In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who has CCTV or dash cam footage to get in touch. If you have any information, no matter how small, please contact us. The smallest bit of information could help our investigation."