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Family's tribute to Redhill man killed in Reigate collision
12:35pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
The family of a Redhill man who died during a traffic collision in Reigate have paid tribute to him as a “happy, honest and hardworking” husband and father.
Lee Friend, 27, died when the red Honda motorbike he was riding was involved in a collision with a black BMW on the A217 Reigate Road.
He had an eight-year-old step-daughter and two-year-old son.
This week, his wife, Stephanie Friend, said: “He was the most wonderful husband and father to our children. "I met Lee just over four years ago through his older brother and I instantly knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.”
Lee grew up in the North Cheam area and attended Glenthorne High School in Sutton. His family paid tribute to him, saying: “Lee was a happy, honest, hardworking family man, and his wife Stephanie and his two children meant the world to him. "Lee had a love for motorbikes and thoroughly enjoyed working at the Reigate Motor Company, where he had been recently promoted and hoped this promotion would allow him and Stephanie to purchase their first house together.” Stephanie said: "Following his death I have been truly overwhelmed by the messages we have received and I would like to thank every single person who has taken the time to think of us. It means a lot.” She added: "I would urge anyone who either witnessed the collision Lee was involved in or who has any other information around what they believe the cause to be, to contact Surrey Police.” Lee’s burial is due to be held at Morden Cemetery this Friday (March 8) and his family would like to thank all those who have passed on their messages of sympathy since his death. Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit at Surrey Police are investigating the traffic collision which took place on the A217 Reigate Road near its junction with Iron Bottom Road at just before 8am on Thursday, February 21.
Several other vehicles also collided following the initial collision. Anyone with information which could help is urged to contact the investigation unit on 101, quoting reference P13053154.