Tribute board created for motorcyclist Michael Mok killed in Farnworth tree crash

Tribute board created for motorcyclist killed in Farnworth tree crash

David McMullen signs a tribute with his daughter Lexi, aged 5, in memory of Michael Mok in Frederick Street, Farnworth

Flowers in memory of Michael Mok in Frederick Street, Farnworth

Police seal off Frederick Street after the tragedy

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DEVASTATED neighbours have called for action to be taken on a “danger” road after a motorcyclist was killed when he crashed into a tree.

The biker, named locally as 42-year-old Michael Mok, died after he lost control of his blue Suzuki motorbike while riding in Frederick Street, Farnworth, at about 3.30pm on Sunday, and crashed into a tree on the corner of Westwood Close.

Mr Mok suffered severe head and neck injuries.

Witnesses and neighbours desperately tried to save him but he was declared dead at the scene.

An area has now been set aside to allow local people to pay tribute to Mr Mok and several bouquets of flowers have already been laid.

People living in the area are now calling for safety measures to be introduced in Frederick Street, an issue they have raised at council meetings before.

Brian Craven, aged 79, who lives in nearby Spindle Croft said: “We have asked several times for give-way bays to be introduced but told it can’t happen because ambulances need to get through.

“God knows how many fence panels have been broken along Frederick Street from vehicles crashing into them.

“But the police said there haven’t been enough accidents to make them bring in measures — why do we have to wait for an accident?” Ryan Yarrow, aged 72, lives next door to Mr Craven.

He said: “I suggested we put a barrier right across the road, to make it two cul-de-sacs and stop people using it as a cut-through.

“Something has to be done.”

Another local resident, David McMullen, aged 29, said: “I reckon they should block the road completely.”

Farnworth councillor Noel Spencer said he wanted to express his “sincere condolences” to the family of Mr Mok.

He added: “This is of course a very serious accident and we will certainly be looking to see if anything can be done to prevent further incidents.”

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10:46am Tue 29 Jul 14

Tim Burr says...

Powerful bikes doing wheelies - not good. RIP Mr Mok.
Powerful bikes doing wheelies - not good. RIP Mr Mok. Tim Burr
  • Score: -3

12:19pm Tue 29 Jul 14

cath99 says...

such a sad loss and for everyone who tried to help. how on earth did he come to lose control? rip
such a sad loss and for everyone who tried to help. how on earth did he come to lose control? rip cath99
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

tracy1000 says...

Something needs to be done about that road you take your life into your own hands drivin. Some drivers use it as a race track and take the bend next to the health centre at speed therefore using the middle of the road regardless of whether there is any oncoming traffic. It should perhaps be made one way or at least speed humps at regular intervals. RIP to the rider
Something needs to be done about that road you take your life into your own hands drivin. Some drivers use it as a race track and take the bend next to the health centre at speed therefore using the middle of the road regardless of whether there is any oncoming traffic. It should perhaps be made one way or at least speed humps at regular intervals. RIP to the rider tracy1000
  • Score: 1

12:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Farnworth Lady says...

When Westwood Close was built many Moons ago, I lived there.

Frederick Street which runs along the bottom of the Close, was Dangerous then.

It twists like a Race Track Chicane, and has been reported as Dangerous on many occassions.

My condolences go to Mr Mok's Family and Friends, R.I.P.
When Westwood Close was built many Moons ago, I lived there. Frederick Street which runs along the bottom of the Close, was Dangerous then. It twists like a Race Track Chicane, and has been reported as Dangerous on many occassions. My condolences go to Mr Mok's Family and Friends, R.I.P. Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Melissa53 says...

RIP Mr Mok

What speed was he traveling i have seen many motorbike cyclist and car drivers driving at excessive speed on Frederick Street if people took their time on bending, twisting roads accidents could be avoided.
RIP Mr Mok What speed was he traveling i have seen many motorbike cyclist and car drivers driving at excessive speed on Frederick Street if people took their time on bending, twisting roads accidents could be avoided. Melissa53
  • Score: 2

1:26pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Cindersxx says...

My condolences to the family and no offence is intended but the problem isn't the road but the road users. Roads are not dangerous Cars and Motorbikes are if not driven properly. If we blocked off every road where accidents happened what would happen then?
My condolences to the family and no offence is intended but the problem isn't the road but the road users. Roads are not dangerous Cars and Motorbikes are if not driven properly. If we blocked off every road where accidents happened what would happen then? Cindersxx
  • Score: 10

5:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

not sure the road can be held responsible, driven it at least 10 times a week for 20 years, not had, or seen any problem.

Sad, Sad loss for the family and friends
not sure the road can be held responsible, driven it at least 10 times a week for 20 years, not had, or seen any problem. Sad, Sad loss for the family and friends JustBecause
  • Score: 3

5:38pm Tue 29 Jul 14

PennySmith says...

I feel deeply for the family. Councillors now need to act on this maybe a one way system. But they need to resurface the road, its a total mess.
I feel deeply for the family. Councillors now need to act on this maybe a one way system. But they need to resurface the road, its a total mess. PennySmith
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Tue 29 Jul 14

gigglebox3 says...

from what i heard, he was pulling wheelies and showing off! not a good way to go but being stupid doesnt pay.....
from what i heard, he was pulling wheelies and showing off! not a good way to go but being stupid doesnt pay..... gigglebox3
  • Score: 2

11:34am Wed 30 Jul 14

thekaratesuit says...

we don't need any ridiculous give way, oncoming priority, traffic lights or speed cameras that cost TIME and MONEY - we need to drive sensibly and drive aware and we'll all be fine, regardless of the shape of the road whether's it's twisting, turning or going straight ahead
we don't need any ridiculous give way, oncoming priority, traffic lights or speed cameras that cost TIME and MONEY - we need to drive sensibly and drive aware and we'll all be fine, regardless of the shape of the road whether's it's twisting, turning or going straight ahead thekaratesuit
  • Score: 4

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