THE parents of University of Winchester student who died following a collision on the A34 have paid tribute to their son as a ‘kind and considerate young man’.

Police were called at 4.45am on Tuesday following a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian on the northbound carriageway near Kings Worthy.

The pedestrian – now named as Oliver Washington, 19, of Billericay, Essex – was pronounced dead at the scene.

Oliver’s parents Gytha and John have today paid tribute to him.

They said: “We are devastated by the loss of our only son Oliver. He was kind, considerate and we are so proud of the young man he had become. He loved travelling and was a keen skier.

"He was really enjoying his university course and looking forward to a career in event management.

“Last summer he began volunteering for Cancer Research UK as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award which he had recently received.

"He loved helping out at Race for Life events and was planning to help again next year. We have decided that all donations and money raised in Oliver’s memory will go to CRUK.”

The University of Winchester, where Oliver was a first-year student, have also paid tribute. 

A university spokesperson said: "We are deeply saddened to learn of Oliver’s tragic death and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

"Oliver was passionate about his subject, event management, and was loved by other students in his cohort as well as the programme teaching team. He will be missed by his friends and fellow students here at Winchester." 

Investigations into the exact circumstances of the collision are ongoing.

Anyone with information about the collision or who may have dash cam footage from the area please contact us on 101, quoting 44190415301.