TRIBUTES have been paid to an "excellent dad" who died in a crash on a Hampshire road.

Vipin Kumar, 43, was driving on the southbound A34, near Bullington Cross, when he was involved in a three vehicle collision.

He died at the scene of the crash, on July 3.

Tributes have since been paid to Mr Kumar, from Reading.

In a statement released by Hampshire Police on behalf of the family, they said: "Vipin was an excellent dad that no one could compete with.

“He was a loving husband and was a mischievous son.

“He had a plethora of friends and he had a very special quality that made every friend feel that they were his best friend.

“He was always jolly and his sarcastic comments used to win hearts in no time.

“He is and always will be greatly missed and he will remain in our hearts for years to come."

Mr Kumar was driving a Toyota Auris when he was involved in the three vehicle collision.

It included a lorry and a Peugeot van.

The driver of the lorry, a 40-year-old man from Huddersfield, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care/consideration while unfit through drugs, driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of specified controlled drug above the specified limit and driving whilst unfit through drink.

He has been released from custody but remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on on 101, quoting 44180248886.