Tributes have been paid to a "happy go lucky" 35-year-old father who died following a collision in Ipswich last year. 

The family of Benjamin Wright has released a statement remembering his infectious laugh and cheeky grin. 

Mr Wright, who was father to 13-year-old twins, died 17 days before his 36th birthday.

Emergency services were called just before 10pm on Thursday, October 13, to Vernon Street after reports of a crash involving a bicycle and three cars.

The cars involved were a blue Audi S3, a grey Volkswagen Golf and a red Skoda Fabia.

Ambulance crews and the air ambulance were in attendance but the cyclist, a 35-year-old man, died at the scene.

The driver of the Audi decamped and fled the scene after the incident.

Later that evening, a 27-year-old man was arrested in the Shotley area on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

A 25-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and obstructing a police officer.

Both men were released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the cyclist has been identified as Benjamin Wright from the Ipswich area. 

In a tribute, Mr Wright's family said: “I haven't just lost my brother, I've also lost my twin, my best friend and my soul mate all in one.

"It's absolutely broken me.

"We were so close, always have been since young children. 'Ben and Natasha against da world'.

“It's so heartbreaking, it really is. Ben adored his children. He had a heart of gold which would touch anyone's soul.

"Ben had been through so much in his short-lived life, yet he was still a happy go lucky kinda lad. He had a lot of time and love for the people closest to him.

“Ben had the most infectious laugh and he had the cheekiest side grin/smile which always put a smile on my face.

"Ben would brighten up any room when he walked in and he had a warm and caring presence.

"He loved his family with all his heart, especially his twins who he has left behind.

“I know Ben will be watching over his family and protecting them in the afterlife, just as he did when he was here."

Mr Wright is remembered by parents Gina Hockley and Mark Wright, brother Barney Hockley and sisters Jade Hockley and Natasha Wright. 

He leaves behind his twin son and daughter aged 13.