Weymouth Way crash: Family's touching tribute

Jan Short with Toby

Jan Short with Toby

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THE family of a woman who died in a crash on Weymouth Way have spoken of her ‘wonderful spirit, love and enthusiasm.’

Officers are renewing their appeal for witnesses and information about the fatal crash, which took place on the A354 on Saturday afternoon, and involved a bronze coloured Honda motorcycle, ridden by a 23-year-old motorcyclist, named locally as Max Fryman, pedestrian Jan Short, 63, and her dog Toby.

As a result of the collision all three died.

The family of Mrs Short released a statement, which read: “Janice Linda Short, 63, passed away on Saturday July 26, after a fatal traffic accident in Weymouth whilst she was crossing a road with her dog Toby, who was also lost in the accident.

“Jan, originally from Leighton Buzzard, moved to Weymouth with her husband Andrew to be closer to their family, after retiring as a teaching assistant 12 months ago.

“Jan and Andrew would have celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in September. Jan was mum to three children, Adam, Emma and Caroline, and Nanna to her six adored grandchildren, whom she loved more than we can find words to express at this time.”

Mrs Short’s husband Andrew said: "Jan was the centre of our world and in a split second, tragically taken from us all. The love that her young grandchildren will now miss out on is a void we can only hope to fill by finding the strength to pull together as a family.

"Her wonderful spirit, love and enthusiasm will be missed every day by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her."

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses to the collision, which occurred at the crossing point at the foot of the pathway from Goldcroft Avenue.

Police Constable Andy Loveless, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “Early indications are that the motorcyclist was travelling north, from the Swannery bridge location toward Chafeys roundabout, and the female pedestrian walked out to cross the road into the path of the motorcycle.

“The motorcyclist, the pedestrian and the dog all sadly died as a result of the injuries they received from the collision.”

PC Loveless continued: “The road was closed for several hours while police collision investigators carried out a thorough examination at the scene and the public are thanked for their patience while this time consuming but essential process took place.

“I would like to speak to any witnesses that have not already spoken to police and ask them to make contact Dorset Police on 101.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 26:395. Alternatively they can call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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5:58pm Mon 28 Jul 14

whatever66 says...

Tragic waste of lives so easily avoided had the access been blocked off.
Tragic waste of lives so easily avoided had the access been blocked off. whatever66
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8:20pm Mon 28 Jul 14

noonah says...

So so sad, how many more are going to lose their lives before the council realise it was a mistake to make that island there...BLOCK THE ACCESS OFF...there are plenty of safer ways to get the otherside of the road, this is not one of them!!!!!!...thinkin
g of all the familys involved at this sad time :(
So so sad, how many more are going to lose their lives before the council realise it was a mistake to make that island there...BLOCK THE ACCESS OFF...there are plenty of safer ways to get the otherside of the road, this is not one of them!!!!!!...thinkin g of all the familys involved at this sad time :( noonah
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8:26pm Mon 28 Jul 14

satisfecho says...

Shocked to see that at 8pm this evening a couple are cutting down fruit from branches three metres high, 100 yards the other side of Chafeys roundabout, heading towards Manor.

One foot at least on the road with fruit quite easily dropping on to incoming traffic when the days light is disappearing.

After what has happened the last 24 hours am totally gob-smacked.
Shocked to see that at 8pm this evening a couple are cutting down fruit from branches three metres high, 100 yards the other side of Chafeys roundabout, heading towards Manor. One foot at least on the road with fruit quite easily dropping on to incoming traffic when the days light is disappearing. After what has happened the last 24 hours am totally gob-smacked. satisfecho
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10:01pm Mon 28 Jul 14

LynM says...

Don't want to talk about the rights and wrongs of this terrible accident but what a lovely tribute from this lady's husband under very difficult circumstances. It brought tears to my eyes and my heart and thoughts go out to all her family
Don't want to talk about the rights and wrongs of this terrible accident but what a lovely tribute from this lady's husband under very difficult circumstances. It brought tears to my eyes and my heart and thoughts go out to all her family LynM
  • Score: 16

10:15pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Witch Hazel says...

LynM wrote:
Don't want to talk about the rights and wrongs of this terrible accident but what a lovely tribute from this lady's husband under very difficult circumstances. It brought tears to my eyes and my heart and thoughts go out to all her family
LynM - you have said all I wanted to... although I did not know this lady or the young lad, I feel for everyone concerned. Such an adorable picture as well with dog Toby... my thoughts are with you all.
[quote][p][bold]LynM[/bold] wrote: Don't want to talk about the rights and wrongs of this terrible accident but what a lovely tribute from this lady's husband under very difficult circumstances. It brought tears to my eyes and my heart and thoughts go out to all her family[/p][/quote]LynM - you have said all I wanted to... although I did not know this lady or the young lad, I feel for everyone concerned. Such an adorable picture as well with dog Toby... my thoughts are with you all. Witch Hazel
  • Score: 10

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