Tributes have been paid to a “polite and much loved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend” who died after being hit by a car on a dual carriageway in west Wales. Owen Lewis, 36, died at the scene of the collision, which happened during the early hours of Monday morning (April 1) on the eastbound stretch of the A40 heading towards Carmarthen.

His family have paid tribute to him, saying that he will be “sadly missed”. In a statement they said: “Owen was a kind, polite and much loved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend, who was always happy to help anyone. He enjoyed his daily work on the family farm and with the family’s agricultural contracting business. Owen’s tragic and untimely death has been felt throughout the community. He will be sadly missed, and will always be in our hearts.”

The crash happened at around 4.45am on Monday, not far from Nantyci Showground on the A40 between Carmarthen and St Clears. Police, paramedics and fire crews all attended the scene and the road was closed in both directions for several hours. For the latest Carmarthenshire news, sign up to our newsletter here

Dyfed-Powys Police has started an investigation into the fatal incident, and is appealing for any witnesses to come forward. A spokeswoman for the force said: “The investigation team continue to appeal for witnesses who may have information or dash cam footage. If anyone may have been travelling along the A40 at around 4.45am on Monday, April 1, please contact us, quoting reference 24000302552, either online, by e-mailing, or by calling 101.