MYSTERY surrounds the death of a young father who received fatal head injuries after falling off his bicycle.
Stuart Parkinson, 32, was found lying on the cycle path outside Kwik Save on Sealand Road at 6.50am on Wednesday, with his bike still between his legs.
He was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Stuart and his wife, Nicky, were married just three weeks ago. They have a five-year-old daughter, Holly, and lived in Boughton.
Police do not know what caused Stuart to fall as he cycled to work on the nearby industrial estate. He was not wearing a cycle helmet.
Sgt Rachel Gallagher, of Chester Special Investigation Unit, said: 'He was on the cycle path-cum-pavement and we are wondering if somebody was walking down the pavement with a dog and he had to brake heavily or swerve.
'That person may not have realised how seriously injured he was so we are asking anyone who saw him to contact us.'
Nicky and the rest of Stuart's family yesterday expressed their devastation at his loss. Their statement said: 'Stu was a devoted family man who deeply loved his wife and his daughter.
'Stu had a huge personality with a unique ability to make everyone laugh. He was a hardworking, well-respected and much-loved man. Everyone who knew Stu will feel this tremendous loss and will have their own special memories to cherish.
'This awful tragedy has devastated his whole family and this untimely loss has left a terrible void in their lives that will never again be filled.
'Stu and Nicky were together for 14 years and, as everyone knows, their relationship was built on a strong bond of love, trust and friendship.
'Nicky is heartbroken and was so very much in love with Stu. They will be soul mates forever.
'Nicky and Holly are being comforted by family and friends. Stu will be forever in his family's hearts and always in their thoughts.'
Anyone who saw Stuart cycling along Sealand Road on Wednesday morning should contact Sgt Rachel Gallagher on 01244 613163 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111