Two tragic deaths in separate crashes

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Two tragic deaths have taken place in separate incidents on the Dales roads in the last week.

Villagers have paid tribute to motorcyclist Jonathan Harper, 50, who died after his Honda bike was in collision with a Volvo tipper lorry, outside the Grange Mill Quarry, near Cromford.

The popular family man lived with his wife Katrina and two daughters in West Bank, Winster.

Iain Simpson, friend and secretary of Winster Wasps Football Club of which Mr Harper was a member, said: “Jonathan was a larger than life character and he really was such a kind bloke.

“There wasn’t anyone nicer than Jonathan.

“Without his influence the club would not be where it is.

“He was one of the founding members of the team. He helped fundraise to get the team started.

“It’s just horrendous and we can’t believe this has happened.”

The collision happened at 11am on Saturday.

Mr Harper was taken to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital where he later died.

Chief executive of Peak District National Park Authority and Winster resident Jim Dixon, said: “The whole village is just devastated.

“Jonathan was very much a family man and was always there at village events.”

An inquest opened into Mr Harper’s death on Tuesday and was adjourned to a later date.

A fatal collision also took place on the Chatsworth Estate, at 7.30pm last Thursday.

A Renault Clio overturned on the B6012.

Ashley Chapman, 21 of Chesterfield, a passenger in the car, which was travelling from Calton Lees towards Edensor, suffered serious injuries.

He was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he died.

Mourners have left floral tributes and personal messages at the crash scene and officers have put up a sign asking witnesses to call 01773 572929.

One tribute reads: “To my beautiful darling son. Respect. Love Dad and Sue.”

Another states: “You’ll always stay in my heart as a best friend.”

l A 20-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.