Tributes paid to dad Bobby who was killed in crash between motorbike and lorry on A127

TOUCHING tributes have been paid to a dad who died when his motorbike was in collision with a lorry on the A127[1]. Friends and family have named the victim of the crash, which happened at the junction with Hobleythick Lane at 8.45am on Friday, as Bobby Munroe from Southend. They described the former Eastwood School pupil, who was engaged and had a son, as a “loveable rogue”.

Matthew Rootsey wrote on Facebook: “Heaven has taken a good one. A true gentleman, my thoughts go out to your other half and family. Rest in peace mate.”

James Case wrote: “Absolutely gutted. Love you cousin, great man, amazing father. “Ethan could not have asked for a better role model in his life.

I’m going to miss you mate.” Gary Litter added: “Rest in peace Bobby Munroe one of the most loveable rogues I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, my heart goes out to all your friends and family.” Family member Paul Munroe has asked any motorists with dash cam footage or pictures of the scene to send them to the police, no matter how insignificant it may feel.

Bobby was sadly pronounced dead at the scene following the crash between a yellow Honda motorcycle and a lorry. Essex Police[2] has been criticised for leaving his body at the crash site for more than two hours before removing it. Passersby spoke of being told they could walk past the crash site, even though the covered body was clearly visible.

The road was closed to cars in both directions. Martin Scott, 36, of Southend, was horrified to find the body still there at 10.15am when he walked past. He said: “They had covered the body with a sheet, but it was obvious what it was.

“It is awful that he was just left there for so long. It really is terrible. “I know they need to preserve the crime scene but there should be some respect for the dead.

“I really feel for this man’s poor family. “It is a tragic thing to happen, especially so close to Christmas.” An Essex Police spokesman responded that as the crash site was a crime scene, it was important that the area was preserved so as to protect evidence.

Additionally, there were delays in getting the undertakers to the scene. Huge tailbacks developed in both directions following the road closure and made it difficult for the undertakers to get there. The driver of the lorry has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

The road was closed in both directions while officers investigated the incident.

Anyone with any information can contact Essex Police on 101 or the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on [email protected]


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