Charity biker is killed in collision

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A MOTORCYCLIST who was riding home after a charity event has been killed in a collision.

David Shaw, 54, of Rowsley, died when his Honda bike collided with a Volkswagen Beetle at 12.30pm on Sunday April 17.

The accident happened on Chesterfield Road in the village.

The father-of-one had earlier been attending the annual Nottinghamshire motorcycle event which sees bikers donating Easter eggs to disadvantaged children and children with special needs within the community.

Wife Christina Shaw, 47, said: “We’re devastated He was a loving husband and father and had a wonderful zest for life.

“He lived his life to the full and died doing what he loved doing.”

Mr Shaw ran a ground maintenance and garden services business in the village.

His son Liam, 15, is a student at Lady Manners School in Bakewell.

Mr Shaw was a keen motorbiker and also took part in dirt track racing.

Bill Storey of Matlock’s Institute of Advanced Motorists rode with Mr Shaw to the event.

He said: “I am really gutted at the news, he seemed such a nice, sensible bloke.

“My heart goes out to his wife and son.”

He added: “This was the first time I met him. He contacted me to say he wanted to get involved with the event and we rode down from Rowsley together.

“I shook his hand on Sunday morning and he was killed four hours later. What a waste, what a shock.”

Neighbour Marion Lee, who has lived next door to the family for around ten years spoke of her shock at the news.

She said: “I see him every morning and saw him going off on his bike.

“I didn’t expect that to be the last time though. I was just in utter shock.”

She added: “I had a knock at the door on Sunday evening and Christine and Liam were standing there. They were both absolutely devastated.

“He was a big family man and it has affected Liam very badly, they were very close.”

Sheila Swift, who runs a convenience store on Chatsworth Road, said: “He used to call in to the shop.

“Everyone has been saying it was such a tragic accident and we just can’t understand how it happened.”

Police are asking witness to contact them on 01773 572929.

A spokesman for the force said an investigation in to the circumstances of the crash was being carried out.

The driver of the Volkswagen sustained minor injuries.