Family pay tribute to cyclist who died in horror crash with lorry

Police have confirmed that a 71-year-old cyclist has died following a collision with a lorry in Ashbourne. David Bates, from Clifton, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was involved in a collision with a Volvo lorry near to the McMurtry and Harding Veterinary Surgery yesterday afternoon. His family paid tribute to the man they said was “young at heart” and “loved life”.

They said he was a “lovely man who was loved by everyone who knew him and whose death has left a big hole in the lives of his loved ones”. His daughter said: “Dad had a passion for cycling and motorbikes and kept canaries as a hobby. “He was full of life and always on the go.

We will miss him a great deal.”

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Officers were called to reports of a collision on the A515 between Clifton and Ashbourne shortly before 2.30pm yesterday afternoon. East Midlands Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance also attended alongside police and the A515 at Clifton and Ashbourne was shut for several hours between the Waterside Park island and Darley Moor, while investigative work was carried out. Sergeant Darren Muggleton, who is leading the investigation into the collision, said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident and has information which could help with our enquiries.

“The driver of the lorry, a 39-year-old man, was voluntarily interviewed yesterday and our enquiries are ongoing.

“Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to contact us using on 101, quoting reference number 19*483169.”

Officers have asked that any footage that may be of use to the investigation should be downloaded onto another device and safely kept for them to view.

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