Parents urged to be extra vigilant after biker killed outside Tollbar Academy

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By Grimsby Telegraph | Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 08:39

LETTERS asking parents to be 'vigilant' when driving outside Tollbar Academy have been sent out by the school following the tragic death of a young biker.

As reported, the 27-year-old man – named locally as Daniel Eastwood – suffered fatal injuries after a silver Vauxhall Corsa, driven by a parent of a student, was in collision with his Kawasaki 750 motorbike outside the school on Friday.

Station Road in New Waltham is "notorious" for traffic as parents pick up and drop off their children at the school each morning and evening.

The letters were sent out as heartbreaking floral tributes to Daniel were left by his family and friends at the scene and a smiling photograph of him has been posted on a nearby lamp post.

His mother wrote: "My beautiful son. I will love you always."

While his brother Liam said: "My big brother Dan, I will always love you, your little brother."

The collision happened just before 9am during heavy rushhour traffic and police investigating the incident have made an urgent appeal for witnesses.

Officers have not given any indication as to the cause, but as reported, the school successfully campaigned to reduce the speed limit along Station Road from 40 miles per hour to 30mph last year.

Principal Stephen Moon expressed his condolences to Daniel's family during the academy's annual presentation evening on Friday night and letters have been sent out to every parent reminding them to be careful.

He said: "Parents must be vigilant when dropping off and picking their children up in the morning and the evening.

"We want everyone travelling on this road to take extra care. It is a notoriously difficult stretch of road which we have campaigned about for years, but tragically, accidents are still happening there.

"Our thoughts are with the young man's family."

Daniel was a security guard at Asda in Holles Street, Grimsby and a doorman at popular Cleethorpes nightclub, Amishi, which is owned by his step-father, Graham Franklin.

The driver, a 41-year-old woman from Cleethorpes, was questioned by police on Friday and released on bail until the beginning of March.

Any witnesses should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 128 of November 30.

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  • Profile image for animal_owner

    Condolences to the family of Daniel.

    Having previously lived close to a secondary school it was murder to get out of the drive especially at dropping off and pick up times and even on one occasion had a parent drive their car into my drive as I pulled out of it. I immediately pulled up got out and told the parent to remove their car from my drive immediately and got numerous obscenities shouted in my direction from the parent (a mother) and called a selfish bleep bleep bleep, so phoned the police who were not interested. Think schools should ban parents from dropping children off as if the child lives over one and half miles away they get a bus pass and some schools do provide buses for a nominal charge to and from school. I have since moved as I would have to arrange work and appointments around these times and have on occasions had difficulty with teachers at the school parking across my drive also. Must point out it was not this school and was before catchment areas were scrapped there was a problem back in the mid 1990's so can only imagine it must be absolute hell now

    By animal_owner at 22:09 on 04/12/12

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  • Profile image for hardaworking

    THEAPPLE, you are a dick!

    By hardaworking at 21:59 on 04/12/12

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    So...the school thinks that all the parents are driving without caution,surely this is an offence and the police should be informed,and how many accidents could be caused by drivers rubber necking at the road side tributes,a thing that ought to be stopped ,why,well what makes dying on a road any different to someone dying though whatever circumstances tragic or otherwise in say...a pub,a hospital,or your house,would you expect people to be laying flowers at the foot of the hospital bed you are now occupying or people coming into your house and putting a wreath on your table,there are chapels of rest undertakers and graves for such personal and private grieving.

    By THEAPPLE at 19:36 on 04/12/12

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  • Profile image for mozzyy

    This is a terrible tradgedy,a young mans life has passed leaving devastating pain for all of those who knew him, thoughts and prayers for his parents and family.
    I also think of the lady car driver and her family and what they are going through at this time ,lets face it, she certainly did not get out of bed and think for one moment that she was going to be involved in a fatal accident that morning !
    We have all made mistakes when driving and probably been lucky not to cause harm or injury to others, but the reality is ,it could happen to any one of us,i think the best ways forward would be to get together and fight the powers that be, and demand better road engineering to make safer roads for all of us.
    GOD BLESS ALL INVOLVED.

    By mozzyy at 18:32 on 04/12/12

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  • Profile image for highwaytohell

    What ever happened to their little darlings legs can they not walk? never did me any harm

    By highwaytohell at 17:33 on 04/12/12

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