Tributes to motorbike crash victim

By Ted JeoryA GRIEF-STRICKEN family paid tribute last night to their “treasured” son, who was killed in a motorcycle accident.Colin Taylor, of Hickory Avenue, Colchester, died after his Honda motorbike was involved in a collision with a blue Vauxhall Corsa on the A120 at Marks Tey.

By Ted Jeory

A GRIEF-STRICKEN family paid tribute last night to their “treasured” son, who was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Colin Taylor, of Hickory Avenue, Colchester, died after his Honda motorbike was involved in a collision with a blue Vauxhall Corsa on the A120 at Marks Tey.

The 32-year-old father was going to pick up his girlfriend when the accident happened at about 6pm on Saturday.


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He suffered serious injuries and was taken to Colchester General Hospital, but died later. He leaves a four-year-old son, Charlie, from a previous relationship.

His father, Mike, 59, said: “He had just been talking about getting rid of the motorbike and going back to cars again. He needed one to be able to pick up his son.

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“The initial appeal of the bike was to allow him to get anywhere quickly, but he'd had his 18 months on it and wanted to sell it. He had got to the stage where he had had enough of it, but it just didn't happen in time.

“He was an adored and treasured son, a brilliant father to Charlie and best friends to many, many people. It's so hard to take in.

“We've had a mass said for him this morning and that's given us all a lot of comfort, but it's going to be a long time for everything to heal.”

Colin Taylor was a mechanic who had worked with his elder brother Roger, 33, in Spain.

His father and his mother, Mary, 59, said their son had lived life to the full. Although not a serious footballer, he did enjoy the competitive rivalry with his younger brother, Kevin, 24.

Surrounded by his sons' trophies at the family home, Mike Taylor added: “He hadn't played properly for a couple of years.

“Kevin's the more serious player, but Colin would pick up his trophy and tease his brother, saying 'Mine's bigger than yours'.”

Colin Taylor was one of three people killed on the roads of Essex on Saturday. The Vauxhall Corsa driver, a 32-year-old woman from the Marks Tey area, suffered minor injuries in the collision.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact Stanway traffic police on 01206 762512.

n The driver of a car which crashed in Colchester, killing his 26-year-old passenger, has been bailed by police until next month.

The 28-year-old man, who comes from the Colchester area, suffered a broken hand and concussion in the accident, which happened in Berechurch Hall Road at about 12.10am on Saturday.

He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was released yesterday on police bail until October 2.

Essex Police have not formally identified the 26-year-old man who was killed in the crash.

Floral tributes have been placed at the spot, where he died including one from his son. It said: “Dear Daddy, we will love you forever, Louis and Mummy.”

ted.jeory@eadt.co.uk

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