Families pay tribute to bike death couple

Patrick Cresswell and Suzanne Smith. Below police appeal for witnesses to the crash
Patrick Cresswell and Suzanne Smith. Below police appeal for witnesses to the crash
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THE devastated families of a couple killed in a horrific motorbike crash today said they had been “left in a daze” by the tragedy.

Motorcyclist Patrick Cresswell, 46, and his 25-year-old pillion passenger Suzanne Smith – a mum-of-two – died following a head-on collision with a tractor at a notorious accident blackspot.

Scene of accident on Mythop Road involving a motorcycle and tractor.

Scene of accident on Mythop Road involving a motorcycle and tractor.

The couple, from Marton, were pronounced dead at the scene on Mythop Road in Staining on Sunday.

Ms Smith’s father, Sean Kerr, today said his eldest daughter would be “sadly missed” by her family. She had two young daughters.

He said: “Suzanne was my oldest daughter of five children. She was a bit of a tomboy and had a passion for music.

“She leaves behind two beautiful girls aged three and seven and I love them all very much.

“Suzanne lost her mum in 2007, she had lived with her mum and was deeply affected by her death.

“Suzanne’s death has left me in daze, I don’t think its sunk in. Suzanne will be sadly missed by all of us.

“I wish she was still here.”

The crash happened just before 4pm on Sunday.

The road was closed between Marton Mere and Chain Lane until Sunday evening while accident investigators tried to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Patrick Cresswell’s father, Barry Cresswell, said: “Patrick was his own man, I will miss him dearly.

“I always thought he would bury me and not the other way around.”

The couple had been travelling in convoy with two other motorcyclists when the crash happened.

The tractor driver was described by police as “shaken but uninjured” while the rider of the second motorcycle was also unhurt.

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