Widow of Sunderland death crash biker backs safety campaign

KEEN RIDER: Neil Hamilton with his bike.
KEEN RIDER: Neil Hamilton with his bike.
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THE widow of a motorcyclist killed in a crash has backed a campaign to cut road deaths.

Experienced biker Neil Hamilton was on his BMW 600cc bike in April last year when he was struck by a Mitsubishi 4x4.

The father-of-two from South Hylton had been out for a ride on the B6301 between Tow Law and Cornsay Colliery when he was hit.

The 60-year-old supply teacher was an active member of Cleveland Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and had completed its national diploma in Advanced Riding Instruction.

Earlier this year, Anthony Shelton, 51, was jailed for 16 months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

The council has now provided 12 Think Bike! signs to be posted in various locations across County Durham, on routes favoured by bikers.

Yesterday, Neil’s wife Christine was at the spot where he was killed, with Durham police officers to support the campaign.

Christine is urging motorists to always strive to be aware of motorcylists on the road.

She said: “Neil was passionate about passing on his skills to others to reduce casualties on our roads. I asked for these signs to remind drivers and riders that we need to look out for each other.

“Follow the rules of the road and pay special attention to those who are less likely to survive a collision. Every day 30 bikers are killed or seriously injured in collisions at road junctions.”