THE family of hit-and-run victim Tim Osborn have been overwhelmed by the thousands of messages of support they have received since the tragedy – including many from complete strangers.
Tim’s dad Stephen is still ploughing through more than 3,000 emails sent to them since the 27-year-old was killed in Spalding on Friday night, but those he has already read have brought him great comfort, even if some had been hard to see.
He said: “We have been contacted by so many people with kind words, which have really helped.
“After everyone has left at the end of the day and we are left with our thoughts, we have never felt alone because of all these messages.
“There have been a lot from people sharing their stories of losing children in bike accidents and they have been very difficult to read, but in a sense it’s good to know there are people out there who know what we are going through.
“The support from everyone has been totally phenomenal.”
And Stephen and Tim’s mum Lynne said the friends, family and work colleagues who have been round to their home in Bourne Road, Pode Hole, since the accident have meant that as well as moments of terrible sadness, there have been times of great joy and laughter as people have remembered Tim.
Bosses from Morrisons in Pinchbeck, where Tim worked for more than ten years, have visited his family to pass on their condolences.
They told the family that Tim’s death has hit colleagues and shoppers hard and a book of condolence has been opened and donations are being collected in his memory.
The money could be used to publish a book of sci-fi stories Tim wrote in collaboration with friends in an online community, but Stephen said: “We haven’t properly decided yet, we need to concentrate on organising a funeral for our son first.”
A date has not yet been set but Stephen and Lynne are expecting friends and family from all over the world to fly in for what will be an informal, come-as-you-are celebration of Tim’s life.
They are now waiting for his body to be released by the coroner, who was expected to open an inquest yesterday.
Police are also continuing to follow all lines of inquiry into Tim’s death after a 41-year-old driver from the Sleaford area was arrested and bailed until November 28.
Stephen said: “It was a humongous relief when they told us someone had been arrested but there is still a long way to go and police are still asking for witnesses.”
Officers were back at the scene on Tuesday carrying out another detailed search of roadsides, fields and drains. They have also taken away Tim’s computers for analysis.