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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Family pay tribute to motorcyclist killed in collision with police van

A motorcyclist died and a police officer was taken to hospital after a collision.

Scott Daniel Gibson photo
Scott Daniel Gibson

Emergency services were called to the A590, between Melton and Lindal, at about 10.30pm on Friday to reports of a crash involving a motorbike and a marked police van.

The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. He has since been identified as 23-year-old  Scott Daniel Gibson, from Barrow-in-Furness.

His family are being supported by a family liaison officer.

The female police officer who was driving the vehicle was taken to Furness General Hospital suffering from shock.

Chief Inspector David Bosson said: “On behalf of Cumbria Police I would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Scott Daniel Gibson, who tragically died last night, all our thoughts are with those who knew him.

“A trained family liaison officer has been appointed to the family.

“I can confirm that last night specialist Officers in our Collision Investigation Unit started their investigation into the full circumstances that lead to this tragic collision.

“In order to help with this investigation I am appealing for information from anyone who was in the area, or anyone who may have seen anything prior to the collision that they feel could be relevant to our investigation to come forward and call Cumbria Police.”

Mr Gibson's family have paid tribute to him and released the following statement: “Scott was a car and motorbike fanatic and he loved tinkering with his bikes to make them perfect. He was a rider for the last three years.

“After leaving Parkview School, Scott gained an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic from Furness College. He has then worked at Mowbray’s Auto’s in Barrow for the past seven years. Scott really enjoyed working there and his boss, Dave Mowbray was a loyal friend and they went on regular bike rides together.

“Scott was a popular lad with lots of good friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and he will never be forgotten.”

Scott’s younger brother Matthew added: “'You were a massive part of my life Scott. I honestly don't know what I am going to do without you, you have touched so many people’s hearts. Keep that big smile brother. Mam and Dad are in safe hands with me. I will make you proud. Love you.”

Scott leaves behind his mother Eleanor, father Roy, younger brother Matthew, and Wynston the dog.

The road was closed until 5am while investigations were carried out. 

This incident has been referred to the Constabulary’s Professional Standard Department and also the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Officers investigating this incident would like to appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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