Family of cyclist pay tribute

11 September 2019, 17:11 | Updated: 11 September 2019, 17:35

David Bates, who was 71 and from Clifton, was pron

71 yr old David Bates from Clifton was involved in a collision with a Volvo lorry yesterday afternoon.

Officers were called to reports of a collision on the A515 Clifton Road between Clifton and Ashbourne shortly before 2.30pm yesterday afternoon.

East Midlands Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance also attended alongside police and the A515 at Clifton and Ashbourne was shut for several hours, whilst investigative work was carried out.

Mr Bates’s family have today, paid tribute to a ‘lovely man who was loved by everyone who knew him and whose death has left a big hole in the lives of his loved ones’.

His daughter has said:

“Dad had a passion for cycling and motorbikes and kept canaries as a hobby. He was full of life and always on the go. We will miss him a great deal.”

Sergeant Darren Muggleton, who is leading the investigation into the collision said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident and has information which could help with our enquiries.

“The driver of the lorry, a 39-year-old man was voluntarily interviewed yesterday and our enquiries are ongoing.

“Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to contact us using one of the below methods, quoting reference number 19*483169.”