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Cumbrian biker killed in Lancaster crash

Russell Curwen with his mother Pat

[A] Kendal man has died following a collision in Lancaster.

The incident occurred at around 7:45pm on Saturday, May 5th, when a man riding a Blood Bikes NW motorcycle has collided with a white Jaguar XJR on Caton Road close to the junction with the Bay Gateway.

The rider, who has been named as Russell Curwen, 49, from Kendal was air lifted to Royal Preston Hospital where he sadly passed away a short time later. The Jaguar driver, a 65 year old man from Morecambe, suffered minor injuries and was also taken to hospital.

Sgt Lee Harris from the Road Policing Unit said: “Firstly, my thoughts are with the family of Mr Curwen at this incredibly sad and difficult time.

“This was a tragic incident involving a man who was conveying items on behalf the NHS and a car that was driving along the slip road towards the Bay Gateway.

“If you saw anything that you think could help with our enquiries, please do get in contact with us.”

Russell Curwen’s family have paid the following tribute to him: “Russell liked to live life to the full.  He had a keen interest in active hobbies including diving, skiing, mountain biking and surfing, however it was for his employment as a Medical Services Support Driver and his voluntary work for the Blood Bike North West that Russell is best remembered.

“He gave up his time to take much needed, vital blood supplies to hospitals to help people who needed it most, and Russell died doing what he loved.  Russell is a much loved son, brother and uncle and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

Anyone with information can call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1533 of May 5th‎.

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