TWO MEN arrested on suspicion of causing the death of a much-loved father and takeaway delivery driver have been released under investigation, police have confirmed.
Umran Hussain Sodagar, 40, suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a Peugeot 208 in Manchester Road, Accrington, at around 5.50pm on Sunday.
Two men, both 25 and from Accrington, were arrested on suspicion of causing Mr Sodagar's death by dangerous driving on Sunday evening. Police have now confirmed they have been released under investigation.
Police are appealing for information following the collision and are particularly keen to trace the driver of a black BMW car, believed to have witnessed the incident.
Officers said the Peugeot was later recovered in Lemonius Street.
Sgt Steve Hardman, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Umran’s family and his friends at this sad and difficult time.
“While we have made two arrests, we are keen to speak to any witnesses who might have seen what happened.
“Of note, we are keen to trace the driver of a black BMW, who is thought to have seen the incident.
“I would encourage anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.”
Yesterday, the family of Mr Sodagar, who lived in Accrington, paid tribute to the loving son, husband and father.
In a statement they said: "Umran was a loving son, husband and father, who put smiles on many faces, touched many hearts and will forever remain in those hearts.
"He was a friend to many and was best known for his positive energy and was always bringing people together. He was a believer of love and a man of good morals and principles. He will truly be missed and his legacy will remain – in his own words – Lancashire's finest. Umran, we love you."
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 1232 of February 2