News: ‘Ride free, my brother – my heart is broken’ – tributes paid to Lincolnshire biker killed in crash

News: ‘Ride free, my brother – my heart is broken’ – tributes paid to Lincolnshire biker killed in crash

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

Friends have paid tribute to a popular and experienced motorcyclist who died after a motorway crash.

Shay O’Connell, 50, from the Bourne area, has been officially named by police. 

He died after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a stationary vehicle.

Emergency services were called to the exit slip road of the M62 eastbound carriageway at junction 24 Ainley Top, near Huddersfield, at just after 1am on Wednesday, May 8.

The closed M62 after Shay O’Connell was seriously inured in a crash and then a man fell from Scammonden Bridge on May 8
(Image: Examiner Live)

An inquest into Mr O’Connell’s death is due to opened in Bradford on Thursday, May 16.

Bruce Williams, 74, of Chester, who had known Mr O’Connell for several years, told Examiner Live that he was devastated about the news.

He said: “It was a complete shock. He was a very competent operator without any shadow of a doubt, though I don’t know anything about the accident.

“I knew him through membership of the 100 club of which he was a founder member.

“He had ridden on all sorts of roads and has done thousands of miles. I have never known him involved in any kind of incident.

“I didn’t know a great deal about him personally. He kept himself to himself and he always came across as a very nice person.”

And Martin McGrath posted on Facebook: “Ride free my brother…my heart is broken.”

Another man commented: “God another gone too early. Terrible news R.I.P. SHAY.”

Sharon Louise posted: “Thoughts to his family and friends. Very sad xx.”

 

One woman wrote: “Very sad news.  Always remember Shay O’Connell from school by his shiny quiff, humour and not being slightly worried about being different and quirky.

“He also loved any song by Shakin Stevens.  A sad day to say goodbye to someone so unique. RIP Shay xx.”

The motorway was closed both ways
(Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

West Yorkshire Police police have issued this statement: “Emergency services were called to the exit slip road of the M62 eastbound carriageway at junction 24 at just after 1am on May 8 following a serious collision between a motorcyclist and a vehicle.

“The male motorcyclist received life-threatening injuries in the incident.”

 

The police added: “The man who died after a road traffic collision on Wednesday 8 May has today (May 13) been named.

“Shay O’Connell, 50, was involved in the road traffic collision at junction 24 of the east bound carriageway of the M62.

“Mr O’Connell was from the Bourne area.”

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call police on 101 quoting log 47 of Wednesday, May 8.



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