Blackburn man, 22, dies in motorbike horror crash

Blackburn man, 22, dies in motorbike horror crash


Flowers at the scene in Liverpool

First published in Blackburn

A BLACKBURN man has died after his motorbike hit a lamppost in Liverpool.

Police said John McLeish, 22, who grew up in Highercroft, was not wearing a helmet.

He suffered fatal injuries in the crash in Wheat Hill Road, Huyton.

An 18-year-old man, who is believed to have been riding pillion on the bike without a helmet, received serious but not life threatening injuries, police said.

Officers are now conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.

It is understood Mr McLeish moved to Whiston, Knowsley, several years ago to live with a foster family.

He lived with his mum Christine Taylor in Blackburn before he moved away.

She was too upset to talk yesterday.

Family friend and neighbour Jill Annis, of Flimby Close, said: "Its a terrible loss at such a young age.

"Johnny grew up in the Fishmoor Drive area of Blackburn and I remember him as a little lad.

"It's tragic as Christine lost her partner William last year. He was a diabetic and helped bring up Johnny when he first met Christine.

"Johnny went to his funeral last year. That was the last time I saw him."

His foster mum Michelle McNally said in a statement: "Johnny was a much loved son, brother and friend who always had a smile for everyone.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

"He will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten. The world will be a sadder place without this true Scouser in it."

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

A card, signed Danielle, said: “Words can’t describe how much you meant to me. I don’t want to believe it, you was and always will be so special to me.

“It’s not guna be the same, you will be truly missed by everyone.

“I’ve got loads of boss memories with you babe. I’ll think of you every day and I hope you’re looking down on me, don’t know how I’m guna deal with not seeing your gorgeous smile!”

A date for his funeral has not yet been arranged.

Police in Merseyside are still appealing for witnesses to the accident which happened on Friday at 11.40am.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:58pm Thu 5 Apr 12

GIBUCK says...

So tragic but why the hell was he not wearing a helmet ?
So tragic but why the hell was he not wearing a helmet ? GIBUCK
  • Score: 0

3:56pm Thu 5 Apr 12

useyourhead says...

Sad but dumb!
Sad but dumb! useyourhead
  • Score: 0

8:15pm Thu 5 Apr 12

sparrowlegs78 says...

And the Darwin award goes to...........
And the Darwin award goes to........... sparrowlegs78
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Sat 7 Apr 12

katypri says...

a minutes stupidity and a young life lost very sad god bless lad
a minutes stupidity and a young life lost very sad god bless lad katypri
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree