Colleagues of Halcyon Theuri have paid tribute to him.
Police found Halcyon’s body on Wingfield Road, Alfreton, at 3.55am on Bank Holiday Monday.
The 20-year-old, who worked as a sous chef at the Peacock pub in Oakerthorpe, had suffered head injuries.
In a statement, staff at the Peacock said Halcyon was a “dear friend”.
The statement added: “He was an inspirational young man who had his whole life ahead of him. He was a huge part of our team.
“We would like to thank all of our customers for their support and kind words.
“Our deepest sympathy is with the parents, family and friends of Halcyon.
“RIP Halcyon Theuri.”
The pub has placed a collection box on its bar with money going to Halcyon’s family to help them with funeral costs.
In a statement, his mum Faith and stepfather Andi, from Selston, described him as their “beloved son”.
They added: “We write with broken hearts and will forever miss him.
“He has been ripped from our lives, only as it had just started.
“Our only strength is in God through Jesus. He was our beautiful boy and always will be.”
Flowers, candles and written tributes have also appeared on Wingfield Road.
Halcyon, of Oakerthorpe, leaves behind his parents and a younger brother and sister.
A 51-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
He was questioned by police and released on bail pending further investigations.
A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “The investigation team is appealing to anyone who was in the area of the A615 Oakerthorpe to Alfreton road between 3am and 4am that morning to contact them.
“Also, if anyone has noticed any damage to a car that may have happened overnight, they are asked to contact police on 101.”
Halcyon’s inquest was opened at Derby coroners court on Wednesday. It was adjourned for six weeks.