Friends pay tribute to tragic cyclist Tristan

A young man who was studying to become a journalist died nine days after a road accident.

Tristan Hewins, 25, of Grasmere Way, Higham Ferrers, was studying journalism at Edinburgh's Napier University.

He was riding his bicycle along Craighouse Road in the city when he collided with the back of a Rover 200 at about 3.15pm on Thursday, February 5.

Paramedics took him to hospital with what was initially believed to be minor injuries, but further investigations found he had suffered severe internal damage.

He died in intensive care on Saturday.

Mr Hewins had only been at the university for four months after starting the one-year full-time course in October.

Colleagues at the campus were still coming to terms with his death today but have pledged to set up a memorial to him.

One fellow student, who did not wish to be named, said: "Everybody thought he would be all right but he just went downhill. It's quite a shock really.

"He did wear a cycle helmet so he was protected, and we just can't believe this has happened."

The university's communication arts head Sheila Lodge said: "All those at Napier who knew Tristan Hewins were very saddened to hear of his death.

"He was an extremely popular student on our MSc Journalism course and his fellow students are planning to plant a tree at Craighouse Campus in his memory. Our thoughts are with his family."

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "This was a straightforward road traffic accident and it looked as if the young man would be all right, but he suffered internal damage and passed away.

"The driver of the Rover stopped at the scene and reported the accident, and no-one has been arrested."