Tragic biker remembered

Flowers and messages at the scene of the accident and (below) Ryan Smith
Flowers and messages at the scene of the accident and (below) Ryan Smith

FRIENDS and relatives of a Golborne teenager who was killed last year in a motorcycle accident gathered to remember him on the anniversary of his death.

Ryan Smith, 18, was killed in the collision near Martland Mill on July 29 and in tribute to him, his friends and family meet at his favourite motorcyclist’s rendezvous spot to release Chinese lanterns.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan’s brother, Gareth, said of Sunday’s lantern ceremony: “We gathered at Rivington to set off lanterns with messages in Ryan’s memory.”

Ryan, of Derby Road, Golborne, died at Wigan Infirmary the day after the crash and Leah Davies of Thornbush Close, Lowton, died the following week from her injuries at Salford Royal Hospital.

The pair had been at a “car cruise” at the Martland Park Industrial Estate, Wigan, with respective friends before an accident claimed both their lives. After viewing the gathering of cars and motorcycles for a short period, Ryan, aboard a Honda 600cc, led Andrew Evans, driving a Citroen Saxo and Oliver Pugh, also on a motorcycle, down Fourmarts Road.

The collision happened at around 11.25pm on Sunday at the junction of Fourmarts Road and Hillridge Road.

Ryan’s family said he was a “cherished and much loved son, brother and uncle”.

On August 13 a charity race event begins at 3pm and runs until late at Three Sisters circuit, Ashton in Ryan’s memory.

The event will raise money in aid of the BRAKE which specialises in helping families of those who have lost their lives in road accidents and work with families to create awareness of road dangers.

“The charity has been amazing with us, they are there seven days a week, 24 hours a day for us, helping with bereavement counselling,” said Gareth.