Motorcyclist dies in Catterall crash

Stuart McKenzie, 26 and from Preston, who died in a head-on crash on the A6 in Catterall, near Preston.
Stuart McKenzie, 26 and from Preston, who died in a head-on crash on the A6 in Catterall, near Preston.
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a young motorcyclist who died in a tragic accident at Catterall.

Stuart McKenzie, 26, from Preston, was riding behind his brother Sean when he ended up on the wrong side of the A6 on Sunday.

Sean says he checked his wing mirror, realised his brother was no longer behind him and rode back to find the tragic scene and passers-by trying to help.

Care worker Stuart’s Suzuki bike had collided with a silver Mercedes C180 as the pair headed south at 11.35am.

Stuart was flown to the Royal Preston Hospital by the North West Air Ambulance, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Devastated Sean described his brother as “the kindest soul”.

He said: “My brother would do anything for anyone. He loved going on his motorbike and loved playing on his computer.’’

The 73-year-old car driver, who was from Surrey, was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital with minor injuries.

His wife, who was in the front seat, and a back seat passenger, who the couple were taking to Whittingham Lane, also suffered minor injuries.

The Mercedes came off the road and careered through a hedge.

The road was shut for three-and-a-half hours between the junctions of Cock Robin Lane and Old Lancaster Road while investigations were carried out.

Sgt Mick Young said the incident appeared to be “a tragic accident”.

Anyone with any information should contact Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45 or the force’s road policing unit on 01772 410487.

* Full story in this week’s Courier, out July 6