Tributes to death crash biker

Kieran-Dean Forster of Astley Village
Kieran-Dean Forster of Astley Village
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N May 26, at 6.13pm, motorbike enthusiast Kieran-Dean Forster signed off his Facebook status with one simple message – ‘bye’.

In a cruel twist of fate, just three hours later, the 25-year-old died when he came off his beloved motorbike on Ackhurst Road, in Chorley.

His mum Gail, from Astley Village, wept as she spoke exclusively to the Guardian, and paid tribute to the former Parklands pupil, who she described as ‘one in a million’.

She also recalled the devastating moment when she arrived at the crash scene and saw her eldest son’s helmet lying by the side of the road.

Alarm bells had started to ring after outgoing Kieran failed to show up at his friend’s house on Thursday evening, and Gail and her younger son Callum retraced his journey, only to find the road closed and paramedics trying in vain to save Kieran.

Reliving the devastating moments, she said: “There were so many police cars and ambulances everywhere, and the road was blocked. We knew it was serious, and we knew Kieran was involved as soon as we saw his helmet.

“I was in shock and I told my husband Alan, who was at home, to get to the hospital.

“Kieran was taken to Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital, and Alan knew that he had died as soon as I walked through the doors.

“I couldn’t believe it because it was a route that he took regularly.

“We don’t know how it happened. The bike mounted the kerb and hit the lamppost, when he could have gone off into the bushes. We have been told there was a young couple who saw him come off, and waited with him until the police arrived and held his hand.

“We want to say a big thank-you to them for staying, and it is a relief he was not alone at the end.”

The family said the Facebook status was typical of Kieran, who also loved roller-blading and would regularly sign off in that way to his friends.

For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian.

In a cruel twist of fate, just three hours later, the 25-year-old died when he came off his beloved motorbike on Ackhurst Road, in Chorley.

His mum Gail, from Astley Village, wept as she spoke exclusively to the Guardian, and paid tribute to the former Parklands pupil, who she described as ‘one in a million’.

She also recalled the devastating moment when she arrived at the crash scene and saw her eldest son’s helmet lying by the side of the road.

Alarm bells had started to ring after outgoing Kieran failed to show up at his friend’s house on Thursday evening, and Gail and her younger son Callum retraced his journey, only to find the road closed and paramedics trying in vain to save Kieran.

Reliving the devastating moments, she said: “There were so many police cars and ambulances everywhere, and the road was blocked. We knew it was serious, and we knew Kieran was involved as soon as we saw his helmet.

“I was in shock and I told my husband Alan, who was at home, to get to the hospital.

“Kieran was taken to Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital, and Alan knew that he had died as soon as I walked through the doors.

“I couldn’t believe it because it was a route that he took regularly.

“We don’t know how it happened. The bike mounted the kerb and hit the lamppost, when he could have gone off into the bushes. We have been told there was a young couple who saw him come off, and waited with him until the police arrived and held his hand.

“We want to say a big thank-you to them for staying, and it is a relief he was not alone at the end.”

The family said the Facebook status was typical of Kieran, who also loved roller-blading and would regularly sign off in that way to his friends.

Floral tributes adorn the spot where he died, with one reading: ‘RIP Kieran, Ride on Forever. You will never be forgotten’.

Paying her own tribute, Gail said Kieran, who was known affectionately to his friends as Lily, was well known for his love of motorbikes.

She said: “When he was about 14 or 15 he took an interest in motorbikes.

“He was one of the founding members of the F.I.I.K Biking Club, in 2010, and was also in the ButY bike club before that.

“People get the wrong impression about bike clubs. They are just young lads wanting to go to rallies.

“He also enjoyed fire juggling, and fire eating.

“I don’t think anyone would have a bad word to say about him, and he taught kids how to juggle at the events.”

The family are clinging to their happy memories, including only recently when Kieran picked up his NVQ level three in retail.

Gail, of Great Meadow, added: “He had the most amazing smile and personality – especially when he had done something wrong.

“He used to smile and wink at you, and everything would be forgiven.”

Dad Alan also recalled his favourite times with Kieran at rallies, and camping on Healey Nab.

He added: “I was out with him in Chorley and this guy burst out of Applejax shouting at him.

“I thought he was going to hit him, but he said that Kieran was a legend, which was funny at the time.”

As well as the floral tributes, the family have also been inundated with messages of support on the Facebook website.

The Clinton Cards employee’s page crashed over the weekend as people bombarded it with messages.

A poignant one from his brother Callum read: “A very dark day for us all. I love you Kieran – brother, friend and everything.”

The Guardian also received tributes to the former Preston College student.

Victoria Liddle said: “I have known Kieran Forster for many years and he was a fantastic, easy going person who loved life.

“He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. My condolences go out to his family. Rest in peace.”

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised, but the family want everyone who knew him to turn up and pay their respects.

Gail added: “Kieran would speak to anybody, no matter who they were.

“He was very friend orientated and his friends were his family and his life so we want everyone to be there.”

If you want more information about the arrangements, contact Kenyons Funeral Directors on 01257 276104.