UPDATE:Tributes paid to tragic motorcyclist Steven Lavis

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EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to the motorcyclist who died following a crash in Dorchester.

The 23-year-old local man, who has been named locally as Steven Lavis, has been described as a hard working 'loveable rogue' who would do anything for anyone.

Mr Lavis died following a collision with a Peugeot people carrier, being driven by a 47-year-old man from Dorchester, at the junction on Windsor Road and Cambridge Road at 8.30pm last night.

He came off his bike and then collided with a parked car.

The emergency services were called and Mr Lavis was given medical attention at the scene.

He was then taken to hospital but died of his injuries.

Mr Lavis' cousin, Simon Jeff, said: “Steven was just a young lad who had his whole life ahead of him.

“I was waiting for him at the shop when the accident happened, and also went to the hospital with him on Tuesday night.

“He was a man so well known in Dorchester because he was born and had grown up here, he will certainly be missed by everyone.”

One friend of Mr Lavis and a Windsor road resident, who did not wish to be named, said he had known him for more than five years.

He added: “The sad thing is for me he had only recently got offered his motorcycle and he offered it to me first of all.

I can't stop thinking if I had bought it then none of this would have happened; I'm still in shock.

“Steve was incredibly well known in the community and would do anything for anyone; a couple moved in nearby just a few weeks ago and he helped them move in.”

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said he performed CPR on Mr Lavis while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

He said: “I have known Steve since he was 14, he was incredibly well known throughout Dorchester and a real loveable rogue character.

“While performing CPR I could see there was no response from him but I wanted to do what I could to help.”

Chris Larder, 17, said this has been the second fatal accident in Windsor Road in the last two years.

He added that he knew Mr Lavis because his cousins are a similar age.

He said: “My dad's Ford car was the one Steven collided with after hitting the people carrier - it has been taken for police evidence.

“Steven only had the motorcycle less than a week; he was such a popular man who was always up for a laugh.”

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal road traffic collision that occurred in Dorchester, on Windsor Road at its junction with Cambridge Road.

“A motorcycle travelling north ridden by a 23-year-old local man collided with a Peugeot people carrier driven by a “47-year-old local man - causing the motorcyclist to come off his vehicle and further collide with a parked Ford vehicle in the road.

"We would like to thank residents and members of the public for their patience while a full forensic investigation took place."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

 

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7:58am Wed 19 Feb 14

Equilibrium says...

Sad news. I'm in no way making assumptions on this particular incident and do not pretend to know the facts, however this is a timely reminder to all drivers in the area to keep speeds down in heavily built up residential areas. People need to stop parking on junctions as it decreases visibillity to a dangerous level and those using the junctions need to proceed with care. Quite often I can't see much in either direction at this junction and this is relicated all over most residential areas these days. It needs sorting out.
Sad news. I'm in no way making assumptions on this particular incident and do not pretend to know the facts, however this is a timely reminder to all drivers in the area to keep speeds down in heavily built up residential areas. People need to stop parking on junctions as it decreases visibillity to a dangerous level and those using the junctions need to proceed with care. Quite often I can't see much in either direction at this junction and this is relicated all over most residential areas these days. It needs sorting out. Equilibrium

12:21pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Witch Hazel says...

Although I do not know this young man..... so tragic to read.... my condolences to his family and friends.
Although I do not know this young man..... so tragic to read.... my condolences to his family and friends. Witch Hazel

12:42pm Wed 19 Feb 14

kat777uk says...

gone but never forgotten u will be missed by everyone that knew you xxxxx r.i.p x
gone but never forgotten u will be missed by everyone that knew you xxxxx r.i.p x kat777uk

1:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

rocky2011 says...

tragic news to hear steven has passed. i knew him for a long time and was such a lovely person to know r.i.p x x
tragic news to hear steven has passed. i knew him for a long time and was such a lovely person to know r.i.p x x rocky2011

5:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Farmergirl says...

Absolutely gutted, don't think it has sunk in for a lot of us... It's so nice to see all the tributes on Windsor Road and Lubbecke Way! He is well loved and will be missed. Such a pleasure to have known him... RIP cheeky chops... Forever in our hearts ❤️ Xxxxx
Absolutely gutted, don't think it has sunk in for a lot of us... It's so nice to see all the tributes on Windsor Road and Lubbecke Way! He is well loved and will be missed. Such a pleasure to have known him... RIP cheeky chops... Forever in our hearts ❤️ Xxxxx Farmergirl

8:55pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Pauline Heward says...

Gone but not forgotten we will miss you loads and you will stay in our hearts forever.you were a cheeky lad that always mad me laugh .i just can't believe you have gone it way to soon a massive loss.i have known you all your life and I am so cross you have been taken from us.you rest in peace now sleep tight .my thoughts go out to your family .we will miss you funny boy.xxxxxxxxxx
Gone but not forgotten we will miss you loads and you will stay in our hearts forever.you were a cheeky lad that always mad me laugh .i just can't believe you have gone it way to soon a massive loss.i have known you all your life and I am so cross you have been taken from us.you rest in peace now sleep tight .my thoughts go out to your family .we will miss you funny boy.xxxxxxxxxx Pauline Heward

7:49am Thu 20 Feb 14

it's me says...

Such a sad loss so young. Although I didn't know Stephen I had seen him walking around town and he always had a smile on his face.
Equilibrium was shot on about parking on junction especially around the streets surrounding the hospital.The junctions at Windsor Road, Marie rd, Alice rd, Olga rd, Cambridge and Maud eds are probably the worst of the junctions even seen the police parked while they go to the bakers and shops on Maud rd. I was always of the understanding the highway code says parking on junctions being an offence.
Such a sad loss so young. Although I didn't know Stephen I had seen him walking around town and he always had a smile on his face. Equilibrium was shot on about parking on junction especially around the streets surrounding the hospital.The junctions at Windsor Road, Marie rd, Alice rd, Olga rd, Cambridge and Maud eds are probably the worst of the junctions even seen the police parked while they go to the bakers and shops on Maud rd. I was always of the understanding the highway code says parking on junctions being an offence. it's me

10:29am Thu 20 Feb 14

OrdinaryMum says...

I truly believe on this occasion this was a tragic accident and nothing to do with the parking on the junction of Windsor Road & Cambridge Road. From where we live, we could see no cars parked on these corners beyond where they should have been. In fact it was clearer than it had been in many weeks given the recent major gasworks in the area. The police will be looking into this I'm sure but it would be dreadful to think that parking was the primary cause and I sincerely hope it wasn't. It's only natural to want to look for blame when something happens that is so dreadful and wrong it makes no sense but in time I'm sure the investigators will have more of an idea as to what caused this.

That's not to say that there is not a problem in the area - There most definitely is! It's not just the parking, you have children trying to get to four different schools from the Cambridge Road, Maud Road and Coburg Road Junctions. Cars, buses & pedestrians going in all directions with no safe place for children to cross. Obviously this is entirely unrelated to this latest awful incident, but it's only a matter of time before some other poor family will be suffering another tragic loss.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this young man. I would also like to say a massive well done to the two young men who bravely stepped in to try and save him with CPR until the emergency services arrived - they really did try their best.
I truly believe on this occasion this was a tragic accident and nothing to do with the parking on the junction of Windsor Road & Cambridge Road. From where we live, we could see no cars parked on these corners beyond where they should have been. In fact it was clearer than it had been in many weeks given the recent major gasworks in the area. The police will be looking into this I'm sure but it would be dreadful to think that parking was the primary cause and I sincerely hope it wasn't. It's only natural to want to look for blame when something happens that is so dreadful and wrong it makes no sense but in time I'm sure the investigators will have more of an idea as to what caused this. That's not to say that there is not a problem in the area - There most definitely is! It's not just the parking, you have children trying to get to four different schools from the Cambridge Road, Maud Road and Coburg Road Junctions. Cars, buses & pedestrians going in all directions with no safe place for children to cross. Obviously this is entirely unrelated to this latest awful incident, but it's only a matter of time before some other poor family will be suffering another tragic loss. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this young man. I would also like to say a massive well done to the two young men who bravely stepped in to try and save him with CPR until the emergency services arrived - they really did try their best. OrdinaryMum

10:46am Thu 20 Feb 14

tammyjohague says...

Rest in peace steve. U were a well mannered polite young man. Tragic loss of someone so long. Will miss your cheaky chappy personality. God bless you. And god bless all your family. Love tammy-jo. Noreen. Tilly-jo xxx
Rest in peace steve. U were a well mannered polite young man. Tragic loss of someone so long. Will miss your cheaky chappy personality. God bless you. And god bless all your family. Love tammy-jo. Noreen. Tilly-jo xxx tammyjohague

8:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

wakefield12345 says...

Steve you are going to be missed now and forever please look after baby shane and hugs to the both of you . Never going to be the same without your smiley face xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Steve you are going to be missed now and forever please look after baby shane and hugs to the both of you . Never going to be the same without your smiley face xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx wakefield12345

6:46pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Tsj922 says...

Words will never be able to describe how much I'm going to miss you! It's so unfair! Shine bright beautiful angle you will never ever be forgotten in my heart forever and allways!! Sleep tight xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Words will never be able to describe how much I'm going to miss you! It's so unfair! Shine bright beautiful angle you will never ever be forgotten in my heart forever and allways!! Sleep tight xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Tsj922

8:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Jackie3256 says...

So shocked and saddened to hear this news. You really were a great bloke Steve and it was a pleasure knowing you.
Rest In Peace xxx
So shocked and saddened to hear this news. You really were a great bloke Steve and it was a pleasure knowing you. Rest In Peace xxx Jackie3256

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