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Memorial event to remember crash victims

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the crash.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the crash.

A memorial event will be held at the weekend to remember two young men who died in a motorbike crash on a notorious stretch of road.

The motorbike, which was travelling from Matlock towards Chesterfield on the Slack Hill road, hit a wall just before 11.35pm last Wednesday.

The 23-year-old rider, Daniel Green, of George Street, North Wingfield, and his 22-year-old passenger, Jamie Lynch, of Chesterfield Avenue, New Whittington, were thrown from the blue Honda motorbike and suffered fatal injuries.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

On Sunday, friends and family of the two men will attend a car and motorcycle meet to pay tribute to them.

One of the organisers of the event, car enthusiast Barry Hall, said: “What has happened is an absolute tragedy.

“They were great lads and this meet will provide the perfect chance to remember Daniel and Jamie.”

Anyone can attend the event, which will take place at the Tesco Extra car park, off Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, between 5pm and 11pm on Sunday.

Floral tributes have been left at the site of the smash.

One simply reads: “Rest in peace, lads. You will be missed.”

Inquests into the two deaths were opened and adjourned at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Monday.

Road safety campaigner Becky Carline, of Kelstedge, called for more safety measures on Slack Hill in light of the tragedy.

She said: “I think the speed limit should be lowered and it would be good to see flashing traffic signs warning of hazards.”

Derbyshire road safety partnership – which is overseen by the county council – said seven people have been killed or seriously injured in five separate collisions on Slack Hill since 2009.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “We’re working with our partners Derbyshire police who are trying to establish the circumstances of the crash.

“Once we know what caused the crash, we’ll have a clearer idea of any action that may need to be taken.

“Reducing road deaths and injuries involving motorcyclists is one of our key priorities.

“In an effort to keep riders safe, we fund cut-price training, police enforcement, educational outreach work and publicity campaigns,” he added.

Derbyshire police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to contact the collision investigation unit on 0300 122 8147.

To find out more information about Sunday’s memorial event, visit www.facebook.com/events/1440763379505285


 
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