Biker (90) and pedestrian (38) killed in separate road tragedies

Police investigate the scene of the fatal collision on the A47
Police investigate the scene of the fatal collision on the A47
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TWO men died in separate road tragedies just four days apart.

TWO men died in separate road tragedies just four days apart.

Holbeach pedestrian Jason Smith (38) was killed when he was hit by a Volkswagen Golf as he crossed the A17 junction with Park Road at 8pm on Wednesday.

And motorcylist Henry Jarman (90), of Millfield Road, Deeping St James, died when his bike collided with a silver Vauxhall Corsa shortly after midday on the A47 near Thorney on Saturday.

The smash left the motorcycle’s unoccupied sidecar torn apart and the Corsa came to rest in a field.

The Holbeach incident happened just a mile away from the spot where eight people were injured in a ten-vehicle pile-up 12 hours earlier.

The car driver, a 25-year-old local man, went to hospital suffering from shock and his male passenger was treated for slight injuries.

Birmingham-born Mr Smith had lived in Holbeach for about ten years. His father, Frank, said he and Jason had lived apart for many years but they got to know one another again about eight years ago when Jason contacted him in Spain.

Mr Smith said: “He was bubbly, lively. He enjoyed having friends around him. He was a well-liked boy without a doubt.

“He was a little bit of a character in many, many ways. I have only heard good things from everybody that’s been around him.”

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After living in Spain, Mr Smith senior moved to Thailand but after the business climate dipped he returned to England in 2006, moving to Holbeach with his wife, Ployroong, and son Matthew, who is six this year.

It was Jason who helped settle the family into the town.

Mr Smith said he will await the inquest to find out exactly what happened the night Jason died but he understands he was crossing the road – standing in a section of road for traffic turning right – after going to his ex sister-in-law’s for a meal.

Mr Smith said: “It was Jason who first showed me that underpass and warned me against walking across that road. Instead of using the underpass, he walked – as far as I know – across that main road.”

Jason’s ex-wife, Joann, described Jason as happy go lucky and the sort of person who would help anybody.

Jason had worked for Smedley’s and Fenkleen but has been without a job for the last couple of years.

He leaves family including his mum, Mrs Lynn Thorne, who also lives in Holbeach, and a younger brother, Lee.