Outpourings of love and sadness have been shown for Kam who died in a hit and run accident in the early hours of Sunday morning in Wyfold Lane, Peppard Common. Kam was well known to many Henley residents as he spent many hours sitting on the wall at the ‘Top Shops’ on Greys Road chatting to people.
Many flowers, messages, candles and cans of beer have been left on the wall yesterday and today.
Ali from Herbies Pizza, who was one of Kam’s friends said, “Kam was very good soul, very good of friend of mine. I’ve known him for the last 3 1/2 years since I opened here. It was a big shock for us when I found out and I couldn’t go to sleep all last night because of yesterday and went to bed about 5am this morning. It’s a big loss for us. Two days ago we had a chat and he said he was going to Nairobi, he normally said things like that and I said to him to we would miss him and we were laughing in the car park. The very next day I popped into the shop and the Barber told me what had happened. It’s lovely to see the love of Kam with all the flowers. I will ask the landlord if we can have some sort of memorial.” We suggested that perhaps a plaque on the wall would be fitting.
Hundreds of messages of condolences were posted on the Henley Community Matters Facebook page which included “RIP Kam, you’ve watched me and my siblings grow up. Was always a pleasure chatting to you, you will be sadly missed, our condolences to all your family, Rest in peace xx” and “Kam was the first person that spoke to me when we moved in to Henley this past December. I saw him every day and greeted me every day and remembered my name. His presence is greatly missed and I’m deeply sad for his family and for those close to him. I will miss his little wave to me in the mornings as I walk to my car.”
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Tony Jenkins, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Three Mile Cross, said: “Sadly, a man has died in this incident and firstly our thoughts go out to his friends and family. The vehicle involved in this collision has not stopped and has left the scene. I would ask anyone who was travelling in the area during the early hours of this morning and has any information which could help us, to please get in touch. Also, we would request that those in the area between 2.30am and 6.30am can check their dash-cam recordings or CCTV.”
If you have any information, witnessed this incident or think you might be able to help with the investigation, please contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101 or make a report online using the reference number 43210306555.
Our thoughts are with Kam’s family and friends.