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Police name biker killed in Northumberland crash

Shaun O'Connell
Shaun O’Connell

[P]olice have named a man killed in a collision in Northumberland yesterday.

At around 9.10am yesterday, Thursday 25 May police received a report of a two vehicle collision on the A696 near Kirkwhelpington near Otterburn.

Emergency services attended and found that a blue Ford S Max motor vehicle and a red Honda CBR motorcycle were involved in the collision.

The male driver of the motorcycle was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and his condition is described as stable.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing but police are now in a position to name the motorcyclist as 33-year-old Shaun O’Connell who lived in Throckley.

His family have now paid tribute to Shaun, who was travelling with his younger brother James at the time of the incident.

They said he had just started a new job in a call centre and was actively involved in his local church, Hillsong Church Newcastle, with his parents, Kevin and Denise. He also had an older brother called Anthony.

Today Shaun’s family said: “We are devastated. Anyone who knows Shaun will know what a loss this is. We are a motorbike family – we all love to go out on the bikes and this was just an ordinary day. Sadly everything has now changed.”

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision and have appealed for anyone who saw the collision, or saw the vehicles involved in the lead up to the incident, to contact officers at Northumberland Police on 101 quoting log 255 25/05/17.

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