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Cyclist Christian Smith's Donations Top £40k
The death of a father-of-three during a charity bike ride has prompted thousands of donations over the internet.
More than £40,000 has been pledged in memory of Christian Smith, who was killed in a collision with a Peugeot 206 early on Saturday morning.
Mr Smith, who would have turned 39 next week, was riding 248 miles in 24 hours for the mental health charity Mind.
An 18-year-old female from the Herne Bay area has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by dangerous driving.
Mr Smith, from Boughton Aulph in Kent, was killed on the A2990 Old Thanet Way, near Chestfield, at approximately 4am on Saturday and leaves behind a wife and three children.
He had aimed to raise £1,000 - promising to cycle naked around Wye if he made it.
So far there have been more than 3,000 donations to his JustGiving page.
Jane Barnes wrote: "RIP Christian. I've never met you but you've touched my heart. With great respect to you and my thoughts are with your family xxx"
Another who gave, Wendy Lambert, left the message: "How sad, the world needs more people like you not less, those who get up and do stuff. Rest in Peace Christian."
Explaining his motivation for doing the "Kent Epic" for Mind, Mr Smith had written on JustGiving: "I have had my own misfortune to suffer from a spate of poor mental health, which was unexpected and has been a real 'game changer' in how I now view the future.
"It has been a tough road to get to this point but I have been fortunate enough to have the support of my family and friends.
"There are those who are not so fortunate to have the same level of support and understanding. They suffer in silence and are alone. This challenge is for those people."
Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said the charity was "devastated" to hear the news and thanked the public for their continued donations.
"We were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Christian Smith," he said.
"Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."
PC Jamie Woodhams, of the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.
"In particular, we would like to speak to anybody who saw the Peugeot travelling along the road prior to the collision."
The driver has been released on bail until July 26.