A young father killed when the motorcycle he was riding was involved in a horror collision with a van was today remembered as the “best mate” a friend could ever wish for.
Cameron Sawyer was riding a motocross bike north along Newhouse Road, Marton, when it collided with a Ford Transit Connect at around 8.35pm on Monday.
The 22-year-old dad of two was trapped under the van’s front wheels while neighbours joined firefighters and police in trying to pull him from the wreckage. The bike he was riding was thrown to the other side of the road.
Mr Sawyer, who was named by police and is believed to be from Marton, was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but died from his injuries.
Tributes have poured in for Mr Sawyer – who attended Collegiate High School before studying construction at Blackpool and The Fylde College – with friends and family leaving messages on social networking site Facebook.
Flowers, a photograph and a handwritten card from friends were left at the scene of the crash. The card read: “I love you Cameron. You’re one of the best mates I could ever ask for.”
Neighbours today described the “awful” moment they heard the bang of the crash and the “trauma” of seeing Mr Sawyer’s body trapped beneath the van.
Julie Greenwood, 42, heard the crash from her home just yards from the scene.
She said: “It was very loud. It was absolutely traumatising, he’s someone’s little boy.” Residents rushed out to try to lift the two tonne van which Mr Sawyer was trapped beneath.
Another neighbour, Kenny Gallacher, 58, said: “Everyone was working together– the police and fire brigade were brilliant. It’s terrible what’s happened.”
Robert Cooper, 50, said: “We didn’t know what to do for the best, we had to just pull him out. The lad in the van rang 999 straight away, he was just saying ‘where did he come from?’”
Lancashire Police confirmed it is investigating and appealed for witnesses.
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