The young couple killed in an alleged hit-and-run desperately wanted children, friends said.

Ross and Clare Simons had just been given the go-ahead to start IVF treatment.

Mr Simons, 34, and his 30-year-old wife died when their tandem bicycle was struck by a car in Hanham, near Bristol, on Sunday.

The couple, who had been married for around 18 months and had been together for several years, died at the scene of the crash in Lower Hanham Road.

Family friend Diane Pullin, from Kingswood, Bristol, said she got to know the couple because her son-in-law Darren worked for Mr Simons' father.

"They are a lovely family, so kind and so helpful," she said.

"They don't deserve this. They'd just had news that they were able to have fertility treatment... everything to live for.

"It's just terrible and it shouldn't have happened. Two young people with their lives in front of them... snapped away just like that.

"They were trying for children and they had just been told they could have fertility treatment.

"Everything to live for, they were such a lovely family."