Tributes to popular Pendle cyclist (70) who tragically died after fall from bike

The family of a Colne man and dedicated cyclist have paid tribute to a 'loving husband, proud father and doting grandfather' who lived in the local area for more than five decades.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 1:05 pm

Police were called around 2-15pm yesterday (Monday) to a report of a serious road traffic collision in North Valley Road.

Emergency services attended with David McQuillan (70) from Colne, found unresponsive. Despite extensive treatment, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Following investigation police believe Mr McQuillan had been cycling on North Valley Road, close to a DAF van, when he fell from his bike, landing on the road and pavement.

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The late David McQuillan

The road was closed for more than two hours while accident investigators attended the scene.

In a tribute, Mr McQuillan’s family said: “David ‘Scouse’ McQuillan was a popular man who had lived in the local area for the last 55 years. He was a loving husband to Denise, proud father to his sons Jason and Mark and doting grandfather.

“He enjoyed cycling, walking and helping out at the local Woodland Trust where he was a volunteer. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

Officers are appealing for information, in particular any witnesses who saw what happened.

Sgt Finn Quainton, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Mr McQuillan’s family at this sad time. We are investigating the circumstances around the incident including whether or not the van was involved in a collision with Mr McQuillan, or if Mr McQuillan was taken ill and sadly collapsed.

“We would urge anyone who saw what happened and can help our enquiries to come forward.”

Anyone with information can call 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 0655 of February 1.I