Tribute to motorcyclist who died in Bedlington crash
1 August 2019, 12:28 | Updated: 1 August 2019, 12:34
The family of a man who died following a crash in Bedlington have thanked the emergency services who tried to save his life.
Darren Jobling, 50, from Stakeford, died after the black motorbike he was riding came off the road on Front Street and hit a tree on Monday lunchtime.
The motorbike had then collided with another vehicle.
Emergency services attended and Darren was taken to hospital with serious injuries but died shortly after.
Today, his family have released a statement thanking police and ambulance staff who assisted Darren at the scene, as well as the local community for their messages of support.
A statement read: “Our family would like to thank everybody for their kind messages at this heart-breaking time, losing someone very close to us and who was such a big part of our lives so suddenly and tragically.
“Darren was a perfect life partner, an amazing dad, son, brother and the best Granda a girl could possibly wish for. He is going to leave the biggest void in our lives.
“He would do anything for anybody and is going to be a huge miss.
“We are reaching out for the bystanders who attempted to save his life, as we would like to thank them personally.
“We would also like to thank police for their prompt response and the 20 doctors who tirelessly worked for two excruciating hours to save Darren’s life. They did everything they possibly could whilst he was fighting so hard.
“We would like to thank the Great North Air Ambulance Service for ensuring Darren was as comfortable as possible during this time.
“His partner Clare, parents Jim and Sandra, daughter Danielle and sister Stacey would ask that their dignity and heartbreak is respected and treated with sensitivity at this time.”
An investigation is ongoing into the incident as officers look to determine the cause of the collision.
Sergeant Matt Sykes, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, issued a fresh appeal for information and thanked those who have already assisted with police enquiries.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with Darren’s family and friends at this devastating time. We will continue to offer them any support they need, as they try to come to terms with their loss.
“They have asked that their privacy is respected at this time.
“We are committed to finding out the circumstances surrounding the incident, and a number of people have contacted us over the last few days passing on information regarding the collision.
“I would like to thank those individuals who have come forward, and would now ask any other witnesses – or anyone who was passing near the Grapes public house and may have seen something – to give us a call and check their dashcam footage.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 509 290719 or by emailing the officer in charge at firstname.lastname@example.org.