‘Lovely Rob taken from us too soon’

Knapton rta. A64 closed. pic Richard Ponter

Knapton rta. A64 closed. pic Richard Ponter

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Tributes have been paid to a 21-year-old man who lost his life in a crash on the A64.

The man, named locally as Robert Crick, of Rillington, was riding a moped when he collided with a dark-coloured Mitsubishi Chamonix people carrier near the junction with the B1258, at West Knapton, on Tuesday morning last week.

Friends took to Facebook to pay tributes to popular Mr Crick. One, James Martin Buck, said: “Rob was a lovely person. I remember the days of college media, Rob was always enthusiastic and most of all a friendly person who got along with everyone.

“He was taken from us too soon, my thoughts go out to his close friends and family.”

Ben Stephens added: “Life can be so cruel sometimes. Such a nice lad taken so soon, don’t think there’s anyone in the world that could think of a bad word to say about him – one of those people that just made you smile.”

And Jade Watkinson said: “Heaven’s gained an angel, Rob. You really will be missed. Rest in peace.”

Former Norton College pupil Mr Crick suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to James Cook Hospital but sadly passed away.

It is the second crash to claim a life on the A64 in a matter of weeks, following the death of John Patrick Connors, 26, of Malton, at Whitwell-on-the-Hill on December 7.

North Yorkshire Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Officers particularly want to trace the driver of a car who was travelling behind the moped before turning off towards Yedingham.

Police believe the driver of the car may be unaware that the collision occurred but may have vital information that can help the police with their enquiries.

Anyone who saw either the moped or the Mitsubishi prior to the collision is also urged to contact the police.

Witnesses who can help the police with their enquiries are urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Traffic Constable Leanne Anderson or Scarborough Roads Policing Group.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to leanne.anderson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Please quote reference number 12140221326 when passing information about this incident.