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Family’s tribute to tragic motorcyclist

Loved: David Leech

Loved: David Leech

Tributes have been paid to a motorcyclist who died in hospital two weeks after he was involved in a crash with a car in Leyland.

David Leech, 59, from Leyland, was injured when his green Suzuki motorcycle was in collision with a purple Citroen Picasso in Leyland Way on Thursday, November 14.

He suffered hip and ankle injuries which were initially not believed to be life threatening but he later died at Wigan Hospital following complications.

Today, his wife Elaine and daughters Angela, Gillian and Diane have paid tribute to him.

In a family statement released by the police, they said: “David lived in Leyland all his life and was well known for driving his three wheeler; it was red with ‘do it sober’ on the mud flaps.

“David had many passions and one of these was to ride his motorbike. He and his wife spent many days enjoying bike rides. He became a granddad in 2011 and couldn’t have been prouder. William the grandson adored his granddad and would always associate him with his motorbike.

“He grew up on Wade Hall and on leaving Welfield High School went into engineering and worked at Leyland Motors until joining the prison service in 1990 at the age of 36 at Wymott Prison. David had also worked a Police Special patrolling the streets of Leyland. He will be sadly missed.”

An investigation into the crash, which happened at the junction with Bow Brook Road at around 2.35pm, is ongoing. The driver of the Picasso, a 43-year-old woman from Leyland, was not injured in the accident.

Sergeant Steve Wignall from the Force Road Policing Unit said: “We still need any witnesses to this collision to contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

 

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