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  • 29 January 2013, 11:39

Bristol 'Hit And Run' Pair Were To Start IVF

A couple who died after their tandem bicycle collided with a car had celebrated the news that they were to start fertility treatment less than 24 hours before the crash.

Ross Simons, 34, and his 30-year-old wife Clare died when a Citroen Picasso car hit their bike in Hanham, near Bristol, on Sunday.

The car was speeding moments before the incident and police officers indicated for it to pull over, but were forced to follow it after it sped off, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Moments later the car struck another vehicle before colliding with Mr and Mrs Simons' tandem. They died at the scene of the crash.

The previous evening the couple, who had been married for about 18 months and together for several years, had a meal with friends after being given the go-ahead to undergo IVF treatment.

Family friend Diane Pullin, from Kingswood, Bristol, said Mr and Mrs Simons had been out with her daughter Shelley and son-in-law Darren.

She said: "They are a lovely family, so kind and so helpful. They'd just had news that they were able to have fertility treatment ... everything to live for."

She added: "It's just terrible and it shouldn't have happened. Two young people with their lives in front of them ... snapped away just like that.

"They desperately wanted children and it wasn't happening. They'd just been given the go-ahead. They were so happy on Saturday night.

"My daughter says she's got helium balloons at the top of her stairs wishing them luck and she can't even look at them.

"Like she said to me just now, 'How can I be with them on Saturday night and they're not here now?'.

"It just shows that nobody knows. No one could have thought this on Saturday night.

"It's just so sad. It's all I can really say. Such a waste of a life. All these questions of 'Why?'"

About 100 people attended a vigil for the pair at the scene of the crash last night, including some of their close relatives.

"Both of our families are completely devastated by the tragic events that took Ross and Clare from us," they said in a statement.

"A very special couple have been taken from us and we have no words to describe our loss."

Mr Simons' father Edwin was among the mourners, as was his sister Kelly, who said: "This is a tribute to Ross and Clare, two amazing people."

Police have been given more time to question a 38-year-old man on suspicion of death by dangerous driving.

A 35-year-old woman has been released on bail.