Motorcyclist, 22, dies after collision

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A MOTORCYCLIST has died nearly six weeks after he was involved in a road accident.

Sean Barrett, 22, of Larkin Gardens, Higham Ferrers, was riding his blue-and-white Honda CBR 125 motorcycle along Duck Street, Rushden, at about 7.50pm on Wednesday, February 15, when he was involved in a collision.

Mr Barrett died at Northampton General Hospital yesterday morning.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “A man who was involved in a road traffic collision in Rushden on February 15, has sadly died today. His motorcycle mounted the kerb and was in collision with a brick wall next to the Railway Inn public house.

“He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to Kettering General Hospital.

“He was later transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He died yesterday morning at Northampton General Hospital.”

The accident is not believed to have involved any other vehicles.

Following the collision the road was closed for several hours and some passers-by said about four police cars and an ambulance attended the scene to help the injured motorcyclist.

Higham Ferrers mayor Cllr Bert Jackson led the tributes to Mr Barrett on behalf of his community.

He said: “This news is a great shock and on behalf of the councillors and council staff I would like to say our thoughts go to his family at this exceptionally distressing time for them.”

Rushden Town Council leader Cllr Sarah Peacock said: “Our condolences go to the family. They must have had an agonising past few weeks and we are very sorry for them.”

Motorcyclist Vic Clarke, of Rushden, added: “I didn’t know this young man but this is clearly very sad news.

“I’m sure all motorcyclists in the area would want to send their condolences to his family.”