Sleaford man named as fatal motorcycle crash victim

Road accident
Road accident

Police have now named the motorcyclist who died after a collision on the A15 at Ashby de la Launde two weeks ago.

Lincolnshire Police have officially identified Richard Towning, 43, from Sleaford, as the rider who died following the incident on Sunday November 29.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the A15 junction with Temple Road just before 6pm that day. Police say Mr Towning was riding a Suzuki motorbike when he was in collision with a black Ford Focus and a silver BMW 5 Series.

The driver of the Ford Focus was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

The road did not re-open until nearly 3am. Officers investigating the collision would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who saw the vehicles beforehand. Contact the Lincolnshire Police Collison Witness Hotline on 01522 558855 or call the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 362 of 29/11/2015.

Riders of Sleaford All Knighters Scooter Club have offered to do a guard of honour for Mr Towning’s funeral after hearing the news about the fatal crash and Mr Towning’s sister, Wendy Charity, who lives in London, contacted The Standard to get in touch with the club to take up their offer.

She said: “Our family were raised in Grantham but my brother was living in Sleaford.” He leaves another brother and sister too and the family are spread across the country, she explained.

She appreciated the offer of the guard of honour.

Rob Castle from the scooter club was keen to honour a fellow motorcyclist’s memory, especially as a full time fire fighter himself he had experienced the aftermath of many such incidents in the past.

An inquest has been opened into Mr Towning’s death to formally identify him, before being adjourned for further enquiries.