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Attempt to trace man's last hours

Merthyr collision
Raymond Ashley Robinson, pictured with his son's trophies

Police want to trace the last movements of a father-of-four who died following a collision with a car hours after discharging himself from hospital.

Raymond Ashley Robinson, 38, died after a collision on the A465 at Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, on Friday.

Known as Ashley, he left Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr, at about 0050 BST, and was injured at 0535 BST.

He was believed to be crossing the road when he was in a collision with a white Peugeot 307, say South Wales Police.

A man aged 43 and a woman aged 35 arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Police want to find out where he was between leaving the hospital and the collision, which happened near the Asda roundabout. The Peugeot 307 was travelling eastbound towards the roundabout.

Mr Robinson, from Markham, Blackwood, died a short time later in hospital.

Family man

His family, who are being supported by a South Wales Police family liaison officer, said: "Ashley was a much loved husband, father, son, brother and uncle, and his death will leave a massive hole in all our lives.

"He was a proud family man and devoted father, who doted on his own children and his nieces and nephews.

"Ashley was a very popular and well-known figure within the local community and would do anything to help anyone.

"This has come as a devastating blow to our family as we are still struggling to come to terms with the death of Ashley's father, who died earlier this year following a battle with lung cancer."

Mr Robinson had been admitted to hospital the previous day for treatment to an illness.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident and anyone who saw Mr Robinson in the hours leading up to the collision.

Anybody with information can contact the Roads Policing Unit on 029 2063 3438 or 029 2063 3101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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