TRIBUTES have been paid to a father from Reading who died in a three-vehicle crash on the A34 last week.

Vipin Kumar, 43, of Napier Road, died after the Toyota Auris he was driving collided with a Peugeot van and a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the A34 at Bullington Cross on Tuesday, July 3.

Mr Kumar sadly died at the scene.

On Sunday, his family paid tribute to the man who they said could 'win hearts in no time'.

They said: "Vipin was an excellent dad that no one could compete with.

“He was a loving husband and was a mischievous son.

“He had a plethora of friends and he had a very special quality that made every friend feel that they were his best friend.

“He was always jolly and his sarcastic comments used to win hearts in no time.

“He is and always will be greatly missed and he will remain in our hearts for years to come."

Hampshire Constabulary are still investigating the exact circumstances of the collision.

The driver of the lorry, a 40-year-old man from Huddersfield, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving without due care/consideration while unfit through drugs, driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of specified controlled drug above the specified limit and driving whilst unfit through drink.

He has been released from custody but remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting reference number 44180248886, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.