Bikers are being urged to take care when out making the most of the warm weather, following four deaths on the county’s roads on Saturday.
Andrew Siddall, 49, from North Wingfield and his passenger Robert Newton, 45, from Boythorpe were killed instantly when their bike collided with one ridden by David Wilson, 46, of Sheffield outside the Hunloke Arms, on the A61 in Wingerworth at 3pm.
Describing the crash, the pub’s landlady, – who didn’t wish to be named – said: “No-one saw it, but there was a loud smash outside.
“Some of the locals ran over to try and give CPR. Another of them helped land the air ambulance which came into the field round the back.”
Three hours later, another man, Stephen Cocking, 53, from Chesterfield, died when his motorcycle and a red Renault Megane collided on Strines Road near Strines Edge.
Police are still investigating both crashes on behalf of the coroner.
The Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is urging bikers to take caution when out over the summer, which is peak season for riding.
She said: “We’re in touch with our partners Derbyshire police who are trying to establish the circumstances of both crashes. Once we know what caused the crashes, we’ll have a clearer idea of any action that may need to be taken.
“All our advice is in the Bikers Guide, which is aimed at the riders who visit the county between April and September.”
The guide is at www.saferroadsderbyshire.org.uk