The family of a pedestrian who died after being hit by a vehicle in Upham Road have paid tribute to him.

Jonathan Neilan, 59, was killed in the incident which happened on the 20mph residential street on Monday, June 17 shortly before 5.40pm.

Police released a moving family statement on Tuesday lunchtime which described Jonathan as "a man with a huge heart"

They said: “Jonathan Neilan, age 59, was a loving husband, father, son-in-law and much more.

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“He enjoyed doing a lot of things including volunteering for Sea Cadets for many years.

“Jon was into his cars, riding his motorbike and boating. He enjoyed doing gardening and loved his gadgets and technology. Animals were a big part of Jon's life and happiness.

“Jon was a man with a huge heart and was always willing to help anyone who needed it.

“He had many close friends who we know he loved dearly.

“Jon was at his happiest when he was making others laugh, which was often. He was knowledgeable in almost everything and was always at the end of the phone to help. He was a big part of the community and loved by so many.

“We would like to thank everyone that tried to help Jon on that tragic night.

“We would appreciate if media can respect our privacy at this devastating time and not attempt to make contact.

“If anyone wishes to make a donation, we would like it to go to Great Western Air Ambulance. They attended but sadly it was too late, but we know they do amazing work.”

A man in his 30s was arrested after the crash and taken into custody for questioning.

Wiltshire Police have confirmed that the suspect has been released on bail while enquiries continue.

The scene in Upham Road on June 17The scene in Upham Road on June 17 (Image: Newsquest)

Det Supt Charlotte Tucker, of Wiltshire Police, said at the time: “This is a tragic incident where a man has lost his life in a collision with a vehicle, and our thoughts are with his family at this devastating time."

She added that there will be an increased police presence in the area to provide "community reassurance".

Any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team by calling 01225 694597 quoting log 268 of Monday, June 17.

Alternatively, contact them directly by emailing