Fiancé pays tribute to ‘love of his life’ Team GB athlete killed by car on her morning drive as welfare wishes raise £ 40,000
- Natasha Lewis, 26, was training for Commonwealth Games when she was murdered
- She was hit by a car near Peasedown St John in Somerset on April 7
- Fundraiser to raise money to support her fiancé and athletes is £ 39,730
The fiancé of a Team GB athlete who was killed by a car during her morning ride has paid tribute to the ‘love of his life’ after benefactors raised £ 39,730.
Natasha Lewis, 26, was training to compete in the Commonwealth Games when she was hit by a car near Peasedown St John, Somerset on April 7.
The athlete trained and competed as a runner next to her job and was involved in track and field competitions from childhood. She also represented Great Britain in bobsleigh rides.
She was due to marry Dave Bowler later this year and he led the tribute, describing her as the ‘love of his life’.
Natasha Lewis (pictured with fiancé Dave Bowler), 26, was training to compete in the Commonwealth Games when she was hit by a car near Peasedown St John, Somerset on April 7.
He said, ‘She came back from running in the morning to wake me up and one morning she never came back.
‘I woke up and I knew something was wrong. I just jumped in the car and went there to try to find her and find out what was going on.
“I was stopped by the police and your heart is sinking because you know what that means.”
The couple, whose marriage was postponed until later this year due to lockdown, also worked together and co-owned the personal training company Get Fit in Bath.
Mr. Bowler added, “She was the other side of my life. Anything I was bad at would be good for me and anything she was bad at I would be good at her. ‘
A fundraising page was set up to raise £ 5,000, but it exceeded its goal by raising eight times that amount.
The athlete trained and competed as a runner next to her job and was involved in track and field competitions from childhood. She also represented Great Britain in bobsleigh rides
The collection page reads, ‘Tash and Dave are the glue that holds the Get Fit in Bath family together, bringing people from the Bath fitness community together to return purpose, structure and fitness with the added bonus of the many laughter and friendships that have been made.
For a couple who have given so much back to the community, family, and friends, this page is set up as a loving memory of Tash and to support Dave while away from the gym.
“To remember Tash, Dave also wants to use the donations to support athletes who need running shoes to help other athletes do better things and share the same love of running as Tash.”
Avon and Somerset police are requesting information about the crash, which occurred on the A367 near Clandown at around 6am.
A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the crash and released during investigation.