Detectives investigating the death of a dad-of-two mowed down outside a Marks & Spencer in Surrey believe he knew his alleged attack.
Surrey Police have opened a murder probe into the death of scaffolder Matthew Tester, known locally as Tik, who died in the incident in Walton-on-Thames on Friday.
Police say the victim, 49, and another man also aged in his 40s, were struck by a white BMW in the supermarket’s car park in broad day light.
Mr Tester died at the scene, and the second man was rushed to hospital, where he is expected to recover from his injuries.
On Friday police clarified that investigators were not treating it as a ‘road rage’ incident.
Sergeant Pat Bauer from Elmbridge’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I understand how concerning this will be to our communities and I would like to reassure residents that we believe this to be an isolated incident.
“There have been some reports speculating about road rage but initial enquiries do not support this and it is believed some of the parties were previously known to each other.”
A 26-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder remained in police custody this evening.
Police say they were called to reports of an incident involving a group of men on Church Street at about 2.15pm Thursday.
A white BMW 1 series was reported to have driven into two of the men in the group causing fatal injuries to one man and seriously injuring the other, the force said.
Friends mourned Mr Tester following the tragic news.
Pal Kevin Hawkes wrote: “RIP Tik ride safe in heaven my friend thinking of your family at this very sad time.”
Another friend wrote: “Great guy. Had some good laughs over the years.”
Another, who said he was “stunned and shocked”, wrote: “It is an absolute shock, great person, thoughts go out to his wife and daughters.”
The victim had two daughters and a scaffolding business with his wife Kim, and was said to be have been a scooter enthusiast.
A family friend told MailOnline that Mr Tester’s wife had said he was “run over repeatedly”, adding: “Matthew is a really nice, hard-working family man. He runs a scaffolding company and his wife Kim does the books.”
The pal added: “Everyone is so shocked.”
Detective Chief Inspector David Springett, who is leading the enquiry, said police were appealing for anyone with information to come forward to help the police investigation.
He said: “We are working hard to build up a picture of events yesterday afternoon and I would like to thank all those who have come forward so far to help us do this. If you witnessed this incident or have any information relating to it and have not yet spoken to police, I would urge you to do so.
“A local man has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are very much with his family who are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.
“We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen a white 1 series BMW in the area during the immediate period beforehand or afterwards as it left from the scene on Church Street at around 2pm, driving towards the High Street.
“A white BMW, suspected of being the vehicle involved, was later found unoccupied at Temple Field Close in Addelstone and has since been recovered.”
Anyone with information on this incident, including CCTV or dashcam footage, is urged to report it to Surrey Police by using the Major Incident Public Portal here. You can also contact police via 101 or online at www.surrey.police.uk.