HEARTFELT family tributes have been paid to a 'thoughtful, caring and wonderful' New Brighton man who died after being hit by a car in Hoylake.

Emergency services were called at around 1.55pm on Wednesday, November 27 to the King's Gap roundabout near Market Street following reports a Vauxhall Astra had been involved in a collision with a male cyclist.

The man, 46-year-old Simon Jones was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Tragically Mr Jones passed away in hospital on December 4.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting police with enquiries.

Mr Jones's family have paid tribute to him: "We are devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Si at only 46 years old - he was taken from us far too soon.

"It has been such a terrible shock for our family and our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness.

"Si was such a thoughtful, caring and wonderful son, brother and uncle and the world is a sadder place for us without him in it.

"Since the accident our family have been overwhelmed by the lovely kind words and messages from so many of his friends from around the world – we realise, now more than ever, how loved and valued he was by those who knew him.

"It is hard for us to describe just how much Si meant to others – he was such a loving and caring person who had a dry wit and an amazing sense of humour, but he was also a deep thinker and like a lot of people he had his own struggles in life.

"Si rekindled his love for mountain biking which gave him a fresh look on life. He also enjoyed gaming which brought him so many new friends from around the world.

"We would really like to thank all those people who stopped at the scene of the accident and fought so hard to save him, we are so grateful to every single person who showed him kindness and compassion when he really needed it.

"We have found some comfort in knowing that Si has been able to help others and we are so proud of him for changing other people’s lives so positively through becoming an organ donor."

Mr Jones's family have also set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral costs.

If you would like to donate, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-simon-jones