UPDATE: A354 Weymouth Way to close for family and friends memorial for crash victim

Max Fryman

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THE section of road where two Weymouth residents were killed in a fatal road crash on Saturday evening will be closed tonight for friends and family of Max Fryman to visit the site. 

Dorset Police have said the A354 Weymouth Way between Chafey's Roundabout and Swannery Bridge will be closed between 6.45pm and 7pm. 

Dorset Police have asked motorists to find an alternative route at this time.

The family of Max Fryman have asked us to point out that the event is for his family and friends only which had not been clarified by police.

Janice Short, 63, was walking her dog Toby across the road when they were in a collision with 23-year-old motorcyclist Max Fryman, from Weymouth, shortly after 5pm on Saturday evening at the crossing point that links the pathway to Goldcroft Avenue and Radipole Lake.

Both Mrs Short and Mr Fryman were killed in the collision, as was Mrs Short's dog.

Heartfelt tributes to both victims were paid by friends and family following the tragedy.

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.”

Hundreds of Mr Fryman's friends took to social media to pay their own tribute their “one of a kind” friend, and Mr Fryman's father Bill said: “I and the whole family are genuinely touched and happy about the comments that have been left about Max.

“It makes us happy that he made a lot of other people happy and that he meant a lot to people.

“He was truly a smashing lad and we will all miss him.”

The crash was at the same location that five-year-old Lily-Mae Jeffries was killed at two years ago and following the incident on Saturday, calls have been made by local residents and councillors for the section of road to be made safer, with suggestions that an underpass or overpass should be built, or the speed limit of the road should be reduced.

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7:29pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mrs Grumps says...

So was it this evening or is it tomorrow? This is sloppy reporting again and for such a serious item is very careless.
I hope the occasion is a comfort in some way to the bereaved. Terrible thing to happen.
So was it this evening or is it tomorrow? This is sloppy reporting again and for such a serious item is very careless. I hope the occasion is a comfort in some way to the bereaved. Terrible thing to happen. Mrs Grumps
  • Score: -17

7:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

caapprentice says...

The OHEC says 'the A354 Weymouth Way between Chafey's Roundabout and Swannery Bridge will be closed this evening between 6.45pm and 7pm on Thursday evening '
Whilst having sympathy for the friends and family, why does the road need to closed ever? They could visit the spot by going on to the adjacent footpath as previous bereaved families have done.
IMHO no pedestrians should have been allowed to walk across a bypass at this spot whatever the speed limit.
The OHEC says 'the A354 Weymouth Way between Chafey's Roundabout and Swannery Bridge will be closed this evening between 6.45pm and 7pm on Thursday evening ' Whilst having sympathy for the friends and family, why does the road need to closed ever? They could visit the spot by going on to the adjacent footpath as previous bereaved families have done. IMHO no pedestrians should have been allowed to walk across a bypass at this spot whatever the speed limit. caapprentice
  • Score: 43

8:52pm Wed 30 Jul 14

lookbeyond says...

Mrs Grumps wrote:
So was it this evening or is it tomorrow? This is sloppy reporting again and for such a serious item is very careless.
I hope the occasion is a comfort in some way to the bereaved. Terrible thing to happen.
Mrs Grumps- maybe read it again- its quite clear. NEXT TIME take more time reading than commenting- that way you may learn something.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Grumps[/bold] wrote: So was it this evening or is it tomorrow? This is sloppy reporting again and for such a serious item is very careless. I hope the occasion is a comfort in some way to the bereaved. Terrible thing to happen.[/p][/quote]Mrs Grumps- maybe read it again- its quite clear. NEXT TIME take more time reading than commenting- that way you may learn something. lookbeyond
  • Score: 6

9:44pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Witch Hazel says...

I really feel I want to write something - I just hope the families and friends find comfort and will help them come to terms with their losses. Such a dreadful thing to have happened. I'm sure many residents in the area will be thinking of everyone concerned at this time..... I know I will be.
I really feel I want to write something - I just hope the families and friends find comfort and will help them come to terms with their losses. Such a dreadful thing to have happened. I'm sure many residents in the area will be thinking of everyone concerned at this time..... I know I will be. Witch Hazel
  • Score: 9

1:50am Thu 31 Jul 14

banger999 says...

Its only closed for 1/4 of an hour , is that to much to ask . Let the those pay there repsects
Its only closed for 1/4 of an hour , is that to much to ask . Let the those pay there repsects banger999
  • Score: 17

9:12am Thu 31 Jul 14

familyfirst says...

caapprentice wrote:
The OHEC says 'the A354 Weymouth Way between Chafey's Roundabout and Swannery Bridge will be closed this evening between 6.45pm and 7pm on Thursday evening '
Whilst having sympathy for the friends and family, why does the road need to closed ever? They could visit the spot by going on to the adjacent footpath as previous bereaved families have done.
IMHO no pedestrians should have been allowed to walk across a bypass at this spot whatever the speed limit.
Its being closed for safety reasons! These 2 victims have alot of family and friends! I know lets all just stroll on down there 50plus people! And cause another accident! Its 15 minutes jesus get a life
[quote][p][bold]caapprentice[/bold] wrote: The OHEC says 'the A354 Weymouth Way between Chafey's Roundabout and Swannery Bridge will be closed this evening between 6.45pm and 7pm on Thursday evening ' Whilst having sympathy for the friends and family, why does the road need to closed ever? They could visit the spot by going on to the adjacent footpath as previous bereaved families have done. IMHO no pedestrians should have been allowed to walk across a bypass at this spot whatever the speed limit.[/p][/quote]Its being closed for safety reasons! These 2 victims have alot of family and friends! I know lets all just stroll on down there 50plus people! And cause another accident! Its 15 minutes jesus get a life familyfirst
  • Score: 8

11:55am Thu 31 Jul 14

unexpected error says...

I've never quite understood why anyone would want to mark the spot where their loved one died let alone look at it. Surely you wouldn't want to be reminded of it. Far better to mark a special place that has happy memories in my view.
I've never quite understood why anyone would want to mark the spot where their loved one died let alone look at it. Surely you wouldn't want to be reminded of it. Far better to mark a special place that has happy memories in my view. unexpected error
  • Score: 31

12:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

hoopeybird says...

'unexpected error says...

I've never quite understood why anyone would want to mark the spot where their loved one died let alone look at it. Surely you wouldn't want to be reminded of it. Far better to mark a special place that has happy memories in my view.

I guess everyone grieves in different ways and some people need to be near where their loved one was last alive.
No one should just peoples actions when it comes to grieving.I will be thinking of them and praying for them to find comfort
'unexpected error says... I've never quite understood why anyone would want to mark the spot where their loved one died let alone look at it. Surely you wouldn't want to be reminded of it. Far better to mark a special place that has happy memories in my view. I guess everyone grieves in different ways and some people need to be near where their loved one was last alive. No one should just peoples actions when it comes to grieving.I will be thinking of them and praying for them to find comfort hoopeybird
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Thu 31 Jul 14

caapprentice says...

When is Commercial Road being closed for the benefit of family and friends of the lady who died there? Can we expect every road in the county to be closed where a fatal accident has occurred for a site visit by those wishing to grieve at the spot?
The spot on Weymouth Way can be visited from both sides of the road where the accident happened without the need for the road closure.
When is Commercial Road being closed for the benefit of family and friends of the lady who died there? Can we expect every road in the county to be closed where a fatal accident has occurred for a site visit by those wishing to grieve at the spot? The spot on Weymouth Way can be visited from both sides of the road where the accident happened without the need for the road closure. caapprentice
  • Score: 11

2:14pm Thu 31 Jul 14

scubadude says...

Fence the road off so no one can ever cross it again, cheap and problem solved.
Fence the road off so no one can ever cross it again, cheap and problem solved. scubadude
  • Score: 21

2:56pm Thu 31 Jul 14

emjc22 says...

I think perhaps the reason the road is being closed is because there are a huge number of people who wish to go and pay their respects. Max was an amazing person, so many people are absolutely devastated over what has happened. It would be dangerous for a large group of people to visit the site with traffic going through as usual - use your brain! Cynical comments really aren't needed at a time like this. 15 minutes is nothing. Let people grieve and say goodbye.
I think perhaps the reason the road is being closed is because there are a huge number of people who wish to go and pay their respects. Max was an amazing person, so many people are absolutely devastated over what has happened. It would be dangerous for a large group of people to visit the site with traffic going through as usual - use your brain! Cynical comments really aren't needed at a time like this. 15 minutes is nothing. Let people grieve and say goodbye. emjc22
  • Score: 11

3:31pm Thu 31 Jul 14

livid99 says...

caapprentice wrote:
When is Commercial Road being closed for the benefit of family and friends of the lady who died there? Can we expect every road in the county to be closed where a fatal accident has occurred for a site visit by those wishing to grieve at the spot?
The spot on Weymouth Way can be visited from both sides of the road where the accident happened without the need for the road closure.
They are only closing it for 15 minutes - is that really such a big problem ? I guess some people just like to complain and moan about everything, even when others are grieving.
[quote][p][bold]caapprentice[/bold] wrote: When is Commercial Road being closed for the benefit of family and friends of the lady who died there? Can we expect every road in the county to be closed where a fatal accident has occurred for a site visit by those wishing to grieve at the spot? The spot on Weymouth Way can be visited from both sides of the road where the accident happened without the need for the road closure.[/p][/quote]They are only closing it for 15 minutes - is that really such a big problem ? I guess some people just like to complain and moan about everything, even when others are grieving. livid99
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

caapprentice says...

emjc22 says...I think perhaps the reason the road is being closed is because there are a huge number of people who wish to go and pay their respects.
It is possible for people to visit either side of the road where the incident took place without the road being closed. From the increasing number of windmills on one side of the road since the first accident, it would seem that people visited, even before the central island was installed.
I am surprised that the road closure has been authorised and I wonder how the authorisation for closure was obtained at such short notice and whether the necessary insurance, etc has been obtained.
Will precious police time be used, we are continually told that there is a shortage of police funds.
emjc22 says...I think perhaps the reason the road is being closed is because there are a huge number of people who wish to go and pay their respects. It is possible for people to visit either side of the road where the incident took place without the road being closed. From the increasing number of windmills on one side of the road since the first accident, it would seem that people visited, even before the central island was installed. I am surprised that the road closure has been authorised and I wonder how the authorisation for closure was obtained at such short notice and whether the necessary insurance, etc has been obtained. Will precious police time be used, we are continually told that there is a shortage of police funds. caapprentice
  • Score: -1

5:03pm Thu 31 Jul 14

emjc22 says...

Precious police time? I know how I'd rather police time was used, allowing people 15 minutes to say goodbye to an amazing friend, or pulling over someone for having a dodgy car horn? Hmm. Lighten up.
Precious police time? I know how I'd rather police time was used, allowing people 15 minutes to say goodbye to an amazing friend, or pulling over someone for having a dodgy car horn? Hmm. Lighten up. emjc22
  • Score: 4

7:39pm Thu 31 Jul 14

peter2728 says...

just driven back from up north,,,just nearly seen a few more deaths there,,,bit of a distraction.........
..all sympathy for what happened but come on
just driven back from up north,,,just nearly seen a few more deaths there,,,bit of a distraction......... ..all sympathy for what happened but come on peter2728
  • Score: -3

11:23am Fri 1 Aug 14

caapprentice says...

Suggestions the speed limit of the road should be reduced will not make the road completely safe, just reduce the benefits of building a by-pass.
Suggestions the speed limit of the road should be reduced will not make the road completely safe, just reduce the benefits of building a by-pass. caapprentice
  • Score: 0

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