UPDATE - Leasingham road crash victim named as Nightvision bassist Dean Hocking

It has been confirmed that the bass player in a promising Sleaford heavy rock band was one of two men killed in a road collision in the early hours of yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Dean Hocking, 23, of Sleaford, was a member of established rock band Nightvision. He and fellow passenger, a 37-year-old Waddington man as yet unnamed, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the car crash on the A15 Leasingham bypass.

The incident happened at around 2.50am when a Vauxhall Astra left the road. No other vehicles are thought to have been involved and a 27-year-old local woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. She is currently helping police with their enquiries.

Nightvision was originally formed in 2003 but the definitive line up came together in 2006 with the arrival of lead vocalist Dave McKee joining guitarist Bolda (Neil Wallis) and brothers Daryl and Dean Hocking on drums and bass guitar. The four musicians gelled instantly and have extensively gigged across the UK releasing their second album and video and going on a UK tour in 2012.

In a joint statement on Facebook on Thursday night, the remaining band members said: “There is nothing we can say that hasn't been said already other than to confirm the devastating and crushing loss of our incredible bass player Dean Hocking - tragically taken from us as a passenger in a road accident during the early hours.

”Needless to say he was an incredible bass player - one of the best - and an incredible bloke.

”We obviously need the time to get this round our heads but in the meantime.....wherever you are......get a drink and raise it high as a toast to a fine, young, talented guy gone too soon.

”Turn it up to 11 and rumble the heavens our brother. We love you dude and we are gonna miss you like you'll never know.” Daryl, Dave and Bolda, X.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch with them as soon as possible by calling the collision witness hotline on 01522 558855, quoting incident number 37 of December 27.

* More on this in next Wednesday's Sleaford Standard.

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