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Tributes paid to lecturer after bike crash tragedy

ACCIDENT SCENE: Junction of North Road and Chapel Street, Lancaster

ACCIDENT SCENE: Junction of North Road and Chapel Street, Lancaster

A talented lecturer who died after her bicycle was involved in a collision with a bus has been remembered for her contribution to education.

Joan Behar died in hospital three days after the accident with the single-decker vehicle on North Road, near the Chapel Street junction, Lancaster.

The 67-year-old worked in the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Social Work and was best known for her role in the Reading the World project.

Professor Aiden Worsley, dean of the school, said: “Everyone within the School of Social Work was terribly sad to learn of the news regarding Joan’s passing. Joan had worked with the school for a number of years as an associate lecturer.

“In particular, Joan worked with our students and the local community on a Reading the World project whereby Joan offered support and guidance to a wide range of marginalised groups to help them express themselves and make sense of their personal experiences, using the written word.”

Prof Worsley said Mrs Behar listened to people and helped them tell their story, describing her as “exceptionally skilful in this work” and “a gifted and highly respected educator who helped people make a positive difference to their lives”.

He added: “The staff and students of the school will dearly miss Joan’s unique and warmly appreciated contribution.

“She gave the world so much and the world will not be the same place without her. Our love and best wishes go to her family and friends at this very sad time.”

Lancashire police have asked anyone who saw Mrs Behar pushing her bicycle or cycling down the Rosemary Lane contraflow before the collision to contact officers.

The collision happened at around 3.40pm when the bus was travelling south in slow-moving traffic last Tuesday, March 4.

She died in the Royal Preston Hospital on Friday evening, March 7, from head injuries.

Sergeant David Hogarth, from the Road Policing Unit, said Mrs Behar’s family was being supported by a trained family liaison officer.

He added: “I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this collision or with any information that could assist with our investigation to contact police on 101.”

North Road was closed for around four hours to allow investigators to examine the area.

Flowers and tributes were left at the scene of the tragedy on Wednesday.

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