Darwen motorcyclist, 73, dies in Yorkshire Dales crash

The Westmorland Gazette: TRAGIC: The A65 near Austwick TRAGIC: The A65 near Austwick

A DARWEN biker who was killed in a collision with a tractor in the Yorkshire Dales 'died doing what he loved', according to a friend.

John Alexander Morrey Fraser, 73, died at the scene of the accident on the A65 at the village of Austwick at 11.30am on Wednesday.

He was travelling south towards Settle when his blue Suzuki hit a tractor pulling a trailer near Owlett Hall Farm.

Both vehicles were travelling in the same direction. An investigation is underway into how the crash happened.

The driver of the tractor, who had been carrying out work at Owlett Hall Farm, was uninjured.

Mr Fraser, who was known as Alec, had a lifelong interest in motorbikes.

The retired machine operator at a wallpaper factory grew up in the Mary Street area and had lived in Olive Lane for more than 30 years before moving to Pot House Lane with wife Margaret.

Friends said he regularly took day trips to places such as Scotland on his blue Suzuki.

Childhood friend Terry Guy, of Pole Lane, said: “He was the first person in our area to have a bike with his dad Fred.

“He had it at 17 and I went on the back. He used to take us out over Belmont, and in those days you didn’t have crash helmets, so my mum went mad.

“He was motorbike-mad, and the only consolation is that he died doing something he loved.”

An inquest into Mr Fraser's death was opened in North Yorkshire today and adjourned until later in the year.

James Ogden, owner of Owlett Hall Farm, said the tractor involved had been working at his farm, but was not owned by them.

He said: “I didn’t see anything because I was busy working, but it was a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“This road is very popular with motorcyclists heading over to Devil’s Bridge, and there are quite a lot of accidents that happen along here.

“The reasons for that may be because there’s a lot of bends and two fast, straight bits, and also hidden dips and hills.”

A police spokesman last night said: "Emergency services were called to a serious road traffic collision on the A65 at Austwick, a small village near Lancaster.

“The 73-year-old motorcycle rider from Darwen was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Both vehicles were being driven south and the blue Suzuki motorcycle hit the tractor.

“There was another motorcycle in the area at the time, though it is not known if both bikes had been riding together.

"Police are interested in speaking with the rider of the other bike.”

Contact PC Steven Wood on 0845 60 60 247 quoting reference 12100145530.

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2:20pm Thu 26 Aug 10

useyourhead says...

ride free pal. R.I.P.
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only hope i'm still riding in my 70's.
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As for the police asking the other motorcyclist to come forward saying its not known if they where travelling together, i have never known a biker to leave a fellow biker in such a way, quite the opposite, unlike car drivers, a biker will stop to assist a stranger. so highly unlikely they were together.
ride free pal. R.I.P. - only hope i'm still riding in my 70's. - As for the police asking the other motorcyclist to come forward saying its not known if they where travelling together, i have never known a biker to leave a fellow biker in such a way, quite the opposite, unlike car drivers, a biker will stop to assist a stranger. so highly unlikely they were together. useyourhead

8:32am Fri 27 Aug 10

blueandwhitey79 says...

only thing to say the biker died doing something he loved.. only consolation
only thing to say the biker died doing something he loved.. only consolation blueandwhitey79

4:41pm Fri 27 Aug 10

keith111 says...

I worked with Alex for 28 years, and have known him for nearly 40, A great guy,all the rushing about and bravado on 2 wheels had long gone,a very carefull rider, and I am shure that the investigation will prove it. RIP Alex.
I worked with Alex for 28 years, and have known him for nearly 40, A great guy,all the rushing about and bravado on 2 wheels had long gone,a very carefull rider, and I am shure that the investigation will prove it. RIP Alex. keith111

4:54pm Fri 27 Aug 10

Redbike says...

keith111 wrote:
I worked with Alex for 28 years, and have known him for nearly 40, A great guy,all the rushing about and bravado on 2 wheels had long gone,a very carefull rider, and I am shure that the investigation will prove it. RIP Alex.
As I thought Keith111 - the guy was out for pure enjoyment and the love and freedom of bikes that I also share. Hope to be doing the same if I reach 73.

Calanso - wind your neck in and choose a more appropriate story to preach your drivel.
[quote][p][bold]keith111[/bold] wrote: I worked with Alex for 28 years, and have known him for nearly 40, A great guy,all the rushing about and bravado on 2 wheels had long gone,a very carefull rider, and I am shure that the investigation will prove it. RIP Alex.[/p][/quote]As I thought Keith111 - the guy was out for pure enjoyment and the love and freedom of bikes that I also share. Hope to be doing the same if I reach 73. Calanso - wind your neck in and choose a more appropriate story to preach your drivel. Redbike

8:28pm Fri 27 Aug 10

BjornAganeByka says...

What a tragedy.
I was out in the Dales on my bike on Thursday and didn't know about this accident.
I know what they mean when they say he died doing what he loved - I have been a motorcyclist since 1967 and nothing, but nothing, comes close to the sheer pleasure of riding my bike.
In the 60s we talked about "digging the planet on two wheels " and that still holds true today.
I'll be off into the Dales again next week on my day off - I reckon God made the Yorkshire Dales the day after he passed his bike test so he would have somewhere to ride.
If you don't understand what I'm on about then get a bike.
What a tragedy. I was out in the Dales on my bike on Thursday and didn't know about this accident. I know what they mean when they say he died doing what he loved - I have been a motorcyclist since 1967 and nothing, but nothing, comes close to the sheer pleasure of riding my bike. In the 60s we talked about "digging the planet on two wheels " and that still holds true today. I'll be off into the Dales again next week on my day off - I reckon God made the Yorkshire Dales the day after he passed his bike test so he would have somewhere to ride. If you don't understand what I'm on about then get a bike. BjornAganeByka

9:43pm Fri 27 Aug 10

useyourhead says...

BjornAganeByka wrote:
What a tragedy. I was out in the Dales on my bike on Thursday and didn't know about this accident. I know what they mean when they say he died doing what he loved - I have been a motorcyclist since 1967 and nothing, but nothing, comes close to the sheer pleasure of riding my bike. In the 60s we talked about "digging the planet on two wheels " and that still holds true today. I'll be off into the Dales again next week on my day off - I reckon God made the Yorkshire Dales the day after he passed his bike test so he would have somewhere to ride. If you don't understand what I'm on about then get a bike.
exactly how he felt i should think, well written.
[quote][p][bold]BjornAganeByka[/bold] wrote: What a tragedy. I was out in the Dales on my bike on Thursday and didn't know about this accident. I know what they mean when they say he died doing what he loved - I have been a motorcyclist since 1967 and nothing, but nothing, comes close to the sheer pleasure of riding my bike. In the 60s we talked about "digging the planet on two wheels " and that still holds true today. I'll be off into the Dales again next week on my day off - I reckon God made the Yorkshire Dales the day after he passed his bike test so he would have somewhere to ride. If you don't understand what I'm on about then get a bike.[/p][/quote]exactly how he felt i should think, well written. useyourhead

4:08am Sat 28 Aug 10

Lancs Lassy says...

useyourhead wrote:
ride free pal. R.I.P. - only hope i'm still riding in my 70's. - As for the police asking the other motorcyclist to come forward saying its not known if they where travelling together, i have never known a biker to leave a fellow biker in such a way, quite the opposite, unlike car drivers, a biker will stop to assist a stranger. so highly unlikely they were together.
Bikers are their own community. Most of his friends were strangers who shared the same love in life. Every time we spoke he'd talk about his bike. Unless the weather was bad then he'd complain about not being able to get out on his bike.
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I can smile because he was doing what he loved, but I'm crying because he was my dad.
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: ride free pal. R.I.P. - only hope i'm still riding in my 70's. - As for the police asking the other motorcyclist to come forward saying its not known if they where travelling together, i have never known a biker to leave a fellow biker in such a way, quite the opposite, unlike car drivers, a biker will stop to assist a stranger. so highly unlikely they were together.[/p][/quote]Bikers are their own community. Most of his friends were strangers who shared the same love in life. Every time we spoke he'd talk about his bike. Unless the weather was bad then he'd complain about not being able to get out on his bike. - I can smile because he was doing what he loved, but I'm crying because he was my dad. Lancs Lassy

9:34am Sat 28 Aug 10

Chris P Bacon says...

Lancs Lassy wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
ride free pal. R.I.P. - only hope i'm still riding in my 70's. - As for the police asking the other motorcyclist to come forward saying its not known if they where travelling together, i have never known a biker to leave a fellow biker in such a way, quite the opposite, unlike car drivers, a biker will stop to assist a stranger. so highly unlikely they were together.
Bikers are their own community. Most of his friends were strangers who shared the same love in life. Every time we spoke he'd talk about his bike. Unless the weather was bad then he'd complain about not being able to get out on his bike.
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I can smile because he was doing what he loved, but I'm crying because he was my dad.
My sincerest condolences to you, LL. He did indeed leave the stage doing what he enjoys the most, an ending befitting his life, but all the same, he's gone and that's unutterably sad for you. Symathies to you and your family. RIP Alec.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs Lassy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: ride free pal. R.I.P. - only hope i'm still riding in my 70's. - As for the police asking the other motorcyclist to come forward saying its not known if they where travelling together, i have never known a biker to leave a fellow biker in such a way, quite the opposite, unlike car drivers, a biker will stop to assist a stranger. so highly unlikely they were together.[/p][/quote]Bikers are their own community. Most of his friends were strangers who shared the same love in life. Every time we spoke he'd talk about his bike. Unless the weather was bad then he'd complain about not being able to get out on his bike. - I can smile because he was doing what he loved, but I'm crying because he was my dad.[/p][/quote]My sincerest condolences to you, LL. He did indeed leave the stage doing what he enjoys the most, an ending befitting his life, but all the same, he's gone and that's unutterably sad for you. Symathies to you and your family. RIP Alec. Chris P Bacon

3:41pm Sat 28 Aug 10

Ado 16 says...

My Father would have been 73 a couple of weeks ago - only he died in a motorcycle accident (a drunken pedestrian walked in front of his bike) aged 48. Sympathies to those who knew the man.

Angryman9 You make a point, but in this case you're doing it in the wrong place. Not to mention tarring every biker with the same brush which is rubbish really.
My Father would have been 73 a couple of weeks ago - only he died in a motorcycle accident (a drunken pedestrian walked in front of his bike) aged 48. Sympathies to those who knew the man. Angryman9 You make a point, but in this case you're doing it in the wrong place. Not to mention tarring every biker with the same brush which is rubbish really. Ado 16

7:57pm Sat 28 Aug 10

The offspring says...

R.I.P mate, my sympathies to family and friends of Alec,iIm going to have ride to Devils Bridge tomorrow as a way of saying goodbye to a brother i didnt know but had a bond with.
R.I.P mate, my sympathies to family and friends of Alec,iIm going to have ride to Devils Bridge tomorrow as a way of saying goodbye to a brother i didnt know but had a bond with. The offspring

6:20pm Sun 29 Aug 10

Blackburndaft says...

uncle alec your 2 girls are going to miss you so much and aunty margret will also whos gonna go to the cinema with sharon shes going to be so lost without you rest in peace uncle alec karen andrew matthew kathryn kaitlyn x.x.x..xx..x.
uncle alec your 2 girls are going to miss you so much and aunty margret will also whos gonna go to the cinema with sharon shes going to be so lost without you rest in peace uncle alec karen andrew matthew kathryn kaitlyn x.x.x..xx..x. Blackburndaft

10:55pm Sun 29 Aug 10

artois says...

My sincerest condolences to Margaret, Sharon, Jackie and their families. R.I.P Alec
My sincerest condolences to Margaret, Sharon, Jackie and their families. R.I.P Alec artois

3:55am Tue 31 Aug 10

Lancs Lassy says...

My heart is full of emotions for everyones kind words and condolences concerning my dad. Being the daughter of a biker it doesn't surprise me how strangers come together like this. I know my dad would feel exactly the same as you all are feeling. You've all touched the hearts of his family.
My heart is full of emotions for everyones kind words and condolences concerning my dad. Being the daughter of a biker it doesn't surprise me how strangers come together like this. I know my dad would feel exactly the same as you all are feeling. You've all touched the hearts of his family. Lancs Lassy

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