Published: 14:37, 14 October 2021
| Updated: 14:49, 14 October 2021
A much-loved dad who died after being hit by a car may have been attacked before the collision, police have revealed.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident in Garlinge, Margate, which led to the death of railway worker Phil Stovell, 32.
Officers have also been carrying out house-to-house inquiries.
Emergency services were called to Caxton Road just after 1am last Thursday and Mr Stovell was airlifted to hospital.
But the young dad tragically died from his injuries on Sunday.
Now, police have issued a renewed appeal for information.
A statement issued by the force says: "The man's injuries were initially treated as having resulted from a collision with a vehicle. However, further enquiries have suggested the man may also have been assaulted before the collision."
Three people have since been arrested.
One man has been released under investigation and two others have been bailed while inquiries continue.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about what happened.
They are also asking residents to check doorbell camera and dashcam footage to see if they contain anything that could assist the investigation.
Earlier this week, Mr Stovell's friend and former railway colleague, Nick Farrow, told KentOnline: "He would go out of his way and do anything for anyone.
"He was always smiling, happy and hyper. He would always put a smile on your face if you were in his presence.
"He used to be there any time I needed him and he would come to my house to help me.
"He gave me lifts if I needed them, he did a lot for a lot of people and he had a big circle of friends who cared about him."
Mr Farrow has since launched a fundraiser – which can be accessed here – to help Mr Stovell's family pay for the funeral costs and give him the "send-off of the century". He has set a target of £5,000.
The white car involved in the crash reportedly left before police arrived.
Anyone with information can submit it using this link.
You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form available via its website.