Heartbroken girlfriend pays tribute to Burnley dad-to-be who died in Christmas crash

The girlfriend of a man who died in a motorcycle crash two days before Christmas has paid an emotional tribute to him.

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 9:33 am
Updated Thursday, 31st December 2020, 9:36 am
Lewis Taylor, 22, from Burnley, was due to become a dad for the first time in March, but died following a crash in Harold Street, Burnley on December 23. Pic: Lancashire Police

Lewis Taylor, 22, of Burnley, was due to become a dad for the first time in March, but died following a crash in Harold Street, Burnley on December 23.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at around 12.55pm and found Mr Taylor with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Lewis’ heartbroken partner Kayleigh Ruth, who is expecting their first child in March, says "life will never be the same again".

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Paying tribute to her boyfriend, she said: “Lewis was a well-loved step-dad, boyfriend and daddy to be. I’m due to give birth to our daughter in March and Lewis couldn’t wait to be a dad.

"He was a happy, outgoing person who was always smiling and who would help anyone.

“On the morning of his step-daughter’s birthday he went on a day out with his friends on his bike. He never came home.

“He will be sadly missed by everyone and life will never be the same again.

"Lewis will always be in our hearts each and every single day. I will always make sure our baby girl knows who her dad was. I will always love you Lewis.”

Lancashire Police are continuing to investigate how the crash occurred, but believe Lewis had been riding in convoy with a group of friends when his bike collided with a red Toyota Yaris.

When police attended the scene, the group had already left and Lewis' motorbike had been removed.

Police are asking anyone with information or dashcam/CCTV showing the incident to get in touch.

PC Marc Saysell, of Lancashire Police TacOps, said: “A young man lost his life as a result of this collision and my thoughts remain with his loved ones.

"I would also ask anybody who witnessed the collision and has not yet been spoken to by police, or anyone who has dashcam or CCTV showing the collision, to contact us."

Anybody with information should call 101, quoting log 667 of December 23.

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