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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Police identify four men killed in crashes on Cumbria's roads

Police have identified four men killed in road crashes in Cumbria yesterday.

Iain Prestwich photo
Iain Prestwich

Four people, including three motorcyclists, died in three separate collisions.

Two died in an accident on the A66 near Cockermouth, another in a crash on the A595 near Millom and a third on the A684 at Sedbergh, near Kendal. The victims were all men, three motorcyclists and a car driver.

The first accident occurred on the A66 at Embleton, between Cockermouth and Bassenthwaite, at about 1pm. It involved a blue Hyundai i10 car and a black Yamaha motorbike.

The motorcycle rider has been identified as Iain David Prestwich, aged 49, from Blencogo, near Wigton.

The car driver was William Bell, aged 85, of Moor Road, Great Broughton, near Cockermouth.

Mr Prestwich's partner, Jackie, said today: “Iain has been my partner for the last 10 years, my family and myself will miss him every day.

"His love of bikes was his passion – he loved the sense of freedom he felt.

"Please everyone reading this, car drivers be more aware of bikes and bikers please be safe, then maybe fewer families will not have to live their lives without a loved one.”

Mr Bell's family said in a statement: “William was a wonderful character and will be sadly missed. Everyone in the village knew him, young and old alike, and would wave and chat to him. He was a kind and funny man who went out of his way to be friendly to people.

“He loved the sun and would spend hours in his garden.

“He was disabled after a stroke but would frequently go out on his scooter and speak to people in the village, and invite people back for a cuppa.

"Even the young lads and lasses all liked him and would turn his baseball cap backwards to make him “cool”!

“He is from a huge family – one of 10 – and will be missed by many, many people. He touched numerous lives and the village will never be the same without him.”

The second crash occurred at 2.15pm on the Garsdale to Hawes road, near Sedbergh. It involved a red MV Agusta motorbike and a gold coloured Volkswagen Tiguan.

Motorcyclist Ian Alan Broughton, aged 52, from Horwich, near Bolton, died as a result of the collision.

His family have also today paid tribute, describing him as a loving father of two, son, brother, uncle and partner.

“During his life Ian enjoyed going to the Isle of Man TT races following in the footsteps of his idol Joey Dunlop.

"He loved nothing more than riding his prized MV Agusta motorbike with his treasured friends.

"Ian always lived life to the full and the family take great comfort knowing that he was taken from them doing what he enjoyed the most," they said.

The car driver, a 55-year-old local man, received what were described as light injuries and was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.

Just over an hour later, at 3.30pm, another motorcyclist, Michael Iveson, 66, of School Terrace, Lindal, died in a crash at Lanthwaite, Whicham Valley, near Millom.

His family today paid tribute to a man known in motorcycling circles as Triton Mike and who raised thousands of pounds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation based in Preston.

"Mike Iveson... tragically lost his life doing what he loved most; riding one of his treasured motorbikes. A mad keen bike fanatic from the age of 16; if he wasn’t riding motorbikes he was fixing his own or helping others fix theirs. The rest of his spare time was spent touring around the country in his caravan with his wife Pauline."

Mr Iveson - a distant cousin of American presidential candidate Mitt Romney - leaves his wife, sons Ian and Mark, daughter-in-law Sharon, Mark's partner Raphaelle and grandchildren Kayleigh, Sophie and Robert. He retired two years ago after 20 years with civil engineering company P. J. Lambeth & Co Ltd, of Flookburgh.

His Yamaha bike was in collision with a Renault Megane Scenic car, being driven by a 72-year-old man from the Millom area. He and a 69-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the car, escaped without serious injury.

Anyone with information about the crashes should call police on 101.

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