A FAMILY friend of a man who died after being hit by a car on a busy road has called for more street lights there.

Cllr Hussain Akhtar has suggested adding more lights on Wainwright Way, Blackburn, after Nasser Dungriwala was hit by a car on New Year's Day.

The 38-year-old was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but did not recover from his injuries.

Cllr Akhtar represents the area where Mr Dungriwala's family lives and officially opened the road during his time as mayor in 2016.

Cllr Akhtar said: "I do believe as well as having the cameras and traffic signals already on Wainwright Way, there should be more street lights up on the road.

"It could be a bit brighter. There could be more lights.

"At night pedestrians are less visible and more street lights would reduce the risk of them not being seen."

Mr Dungriwala was the youngest of four brothers and was a former pupil of Billinge High School, Blackburn.

Flowers were left on Wainwright Way on the crossing island at the King Street junction. The accident took place at around 7.15pm.

The driver of the car, who was not injured, stopped at the scene. The road was closed for four hours for collision investigation work.

Police have placed appeal posters at the King Street junction and near the Canterbury Street junction on Wainwright Way calling for anyone with information to come forward.

Cllr Akhtar said: "Although the police are still investigating and we are not sure of the causes behind this incident, it is the responsibility of road users and pedestrians to be careful when crossing the road.

"Pedestrians should always wait until it is safe to cross.

"The family are still very upset at this time."

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph last week, a family spokesman said Mr Dungriwala was a "very nice, loveable and respectful person."

Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council's regeneration boss, said: "Adding street lights is a very expensive exercise and we would need in the end to have evidence that the incident was related to street lights.

"As the councillor knows the council's budget is very limited these days.

"The whole thing is a very significant piece of expenditure."

Sergeant Marc Glass said: "We now want to piece together exactly what occurred and are urging anybody who saw the collision, or saw either the car or the pedestrian in the moments before it happened, to contact us as soon as possible."

Anybody with information can contact police us on 101, quoting log number 1632 of January 1.