Christopher Lees, 53, of Wrea Green, was cycling along Garstang Road in Pilling when he swerved off the road and came to rest partially in a hedge. Chris was later discovered by cyclists and motorists passing by, who attempted CPR. Unfortunately despite their best efforts, Chris sadly died.

The incident occurred at around 6.15pm on Thursday 25th June.

Lancashire police are unsure as to why he came off the road and are imploring anyone with any information to come forward.

Sgt Steve Hardman, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Tactical Operations dept, said: “This incident has sadly resulted in the death of Mr Lees and my thoughts are very much with his friends and family

“What we do not know at this stage is what caused him to leave the carriageway and for that reason I am seeking any witnesses who may have seen the incident to make contact with the Police or anyone who may have CCTV / Dash cam footage. 

“I am especially keen to identify the occupants of three small hatchback type vehicles and a possible delivery van that overtook a tractor and trailer carrying hay bales heading towards Horse Park Lane and the occupants of what is described as a new VW Polo in white travelling towards Lancaster around the time of the incident to make contact with the police. They may have crucial information which could assist.”

In a tribute from Mr Lee’s family, they said: “Tributes have been paid to Chris Lees who died unexpectedly during a cycle ride.

“Having studied at Kirkham Grammar School he became a successful Partner at TLL accountants based in Hesketh Bank.

“A devoted Family man, he enjoyed 25 years with his partner and had a wonderful daughter who meant the world to him.

“He selflessly gave his time to numerous local enterprises. He was highly respected by all the friends he made through his many interests, including golf, skiing, and cricket; all of course finished off with a decent pint at his local in Wrea Green.”

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the family of Chris, especially to his partner of 25 years and his loving daughter.

If anyone has any information please contact the police on 101 and quote log number 1233 of June 25.