Authorities were called on Friday afternoon with reports of a collision involving a lorry and a pedestrian at an industrial site near Cranes Close in Basildon.
The pedestrian, 57-year-old, David Potter, died at the scene of the road traffic collision before emergency services arrived.
Mr. Potter’s family payed tribute to the “doting” grandad and a man they said was “loved by everyone he met” following his death.
The family said: “David was loved by everyone he met. He had a big, loving heart and always put a smile on your face.
“He was the kind of person who would always put others first. The most warm and loving person you would ever meet, who lived life to the fullest with the people who meant most to him.
“The best dad, husband, brother, stepdad and grandad who loved his family more than anything.”
A 55-year-old man from Rochester in Kent was arrested in connection with the fatal colission and other driving offences.
He was taken into custody on suspicion of causing death by wanton and furious driving and drug driving. He has since being released pending further investigation.