Sister pays tribute to Bexleyheath motorcyclist killed in Foots Cray

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 April 2011

Louise Connor, sister of motorbike victim Charlie Lawday

Louise Connor, sister of motorbike victim Charlie Lawday


The sister of a beloved dad-of-two killed in a motorcycle accident discovered his death when she became stuck in traffic following the smash.

Louise Connor, 26, owner of Louise’s Florist, Sidcup Hill, had asked brother Charlie Lawday, 30, to drive the takings from her shop to their home in Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, on Monday.

However, less than two hours later, as she drove near the scene of the accident, she discovered that he had collided with a red Renault Megane on Maidstone Road, Foots Cray, and died.

She said: “I was the last one to see him and the first one to know about his death. I was driving to see my horse but couldn’t get through the traffic because police closed the road. I asked and was told it was a bike accident. I immediately thought the worst. I spoke to officers who went to check. When they came walking back to me I knew.

“Going home to tell mum Michelle Rixon that her first born son wasn’t coming home was the worst thing I have ever had to do.”

Mr Lawday, a lorry driver, had two daughters, Chardonnay, eight and Channade six, with partner of 11 years Carly King. As well as Louise, he has another sister Emily Lawday, 29, and a brother James Connor, 17.

Miss Connor, revealed the motorbike fanatic had bought his black Yamaha bike only six weeks earlier. She said: “He loved everything in life but especially his two girls. He was one in a million.”

The crash happened at 4.10pm outside Honeydale Farm. Ambulance staff fought for almost an hour at the scene to save him before he was pronounced dead.

Brian Winters, 62, manager of the farm, was on the scene within moments and comforted the biker as he lay dying.

He said: “I heard a bang and saw a man on the floor face down. He was conscious but in deep shock. He was trying to talk but I couldn’t make out what he was saying. His legs were twisted. I spoke to him, tried to keep him calm and comfortable.”

Mr Lawday’s funeral is due to take place at Eltham Crematorium on May 10, leaving his home at 1pm. For details call Miss Connor on 07960 244226.

Police are appealing for information on the crash. Call 020 8285 1575.

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