A ROMSEY man has been killed after his car crashed into a tree on a major road.

Tributes have been paid to 26-year-old Ryan Mayhew, of Woodley Lane after he was pronounced dead at the scene on the A3090 between Ampfield and Hursley in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Emergency services were called to the road which links Ampfield and Winchester at 5.20am after a Ford KA crashed into a tree at the side of the road.

The family of Ryan Mayhew have paid tribute to a “very well loved husband”.

A statement said: “Ryan is a very well loved husband, son, brother, son-in-law and friend.

“We are hugely shocked and saddened by his sudden passing. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

Officers have appealed to the public for information as they try to discover how the crash happened near the Naturopathic Centre, as tributes have been posted on social media.

Sergeant Rebecca Hodge, from the joint roads policing unit, said: “We are working hard to establish exactly what happened.

“At this stage, we do not know what time the collision happened, so we want to hear from anyone who drove along that road in the early hours, between 2.30am and 5.20am.

“Even if you don’t think you saw anything, please call us as your information could assist with the investigation.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who did that journey and has dash-cam footage, as this could help us to narrow down the time of the incident.”

Tributes on social media have paid respect and expressed condolences to his friends and family.

Police said the investigations have been opened as the road reopened later on Thursday morning.

Resident Nadia Hopkins, 56, has lived near the scene for the pas 20 years, and said the road is dangerous.

She said: “My neighbour has had two accidents, it’s dangerous already for us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 44180124313.