Blackburn dad killed by car while cycling

Blackburn dad killed by car while cycling

Blackburn dad killed by car while cycling

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A ‘DEVOTED’ dad has died after he was knocked off his bike on a roundabout.

Life-long Blackburn Rovers fan Andrew Dixon suffered fatal head injuries when he was hit by a car, leaving his two young sons and wife ‘missing a hero’.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated in a neuro intensive care unit but died the next day.

A 48-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and was in police custody last night.

Mr Dixon, a business development director, was described as a ‘loving son and brother’ who played a large part in many people’s lives.

Born and raised in Blackburn, where his family still live, he and his wife Sarah had settled in Weybridge, Surrey, with their sons George and Fred.

The 46-year-old, who was a keen cyclist, was riding near Addlestone Moor roundabout in the Chertsey area, when his bicycle collided with the black Toyota Aygo.

In a family statement, Sarah described him as a ‘loving son and brother’ who played a large part in many people’s lives.

She said: “Andy was a devoted dad and husband, who would do anything for his family and friends.

“An excellent cook, keen cyclist and amateur photographer, he always geared his passions around his two sons, George and Fred.

“Andy will always be remembered for his dapper shirts, his eclectic taste in music of every genre and his modest and balanced nature, all of which define him.

“At the same time, Andy was always an optimist, which was fortunate given his love for Blackburn Rovers.

“A loving son and brother, he also became a key part of the lives of so many friends.

“The whole community has been affected by Andy's sad death and the family would like to thank everyone for the incredible response over the last two weeks and would like to give a special thanks to the amazing staff at the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at St George's Hospital, Tooting.”

Mr Dixon’s family also thanked the staff at St George’s Hospital, who cared for him after the collision, which happened at around 5.45pm on September 16.

They have set up a fund for the hospital’s charity in his name.

Tributes were also paid to Mr Dixon on the Justgiving site, describing him as a ‘lovely man’ who would be ‘sadly missed’.

Haydn and Rita Daniels said: “A very sincere and pleasant young man who will be greatly missed.”

And Alys and Esther Arnold said: “We always had lots of fun with Uncle Andy and will miss him loads.

“He made the best Carbonara!”

On Facebook, David Guthrie, said: “Thoughts very much with you and boys Sarah. Please God his spirit will give you all the strength to carry on through this most difficult of all times.”

And Caroline Witherell said: “I wish there was something we could do to take away the awful pain you must be feeling. You and the boys are in our hearts and our thoughts, just take it day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute... He is here with you in spirit, he must be.”

Donations can be made to the hospital that cared for Mr Dixon by visiting www.justgiving.com/Andy-Dixon66 Mr Dixon’s funeral will be held on Friday, October 12 at 12.15pm at Christ The Prince of Peace in Weybridge.

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4:08pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Coeur de Lion says...

vanmanstan wrote:
cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,
People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?
[quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,[/p][/quote]People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists? Coeur de Lion
  • Score: 10

4:51pm Thu 4 Oct 12

leanyb says...

Is there really any need to comment like that Coeur de Lion when someone has lost their life? Heartless springs to mind and obviously nothing better to do than try and get peoples backs up!
Is there really any need to comment like that Coeur de Lion when someone has lost their life? Heartless springs to mind and obviously nothing better to do than try and get peoples backs up! leanyb
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Thu 4 Oct 12

JayEss says...

vanmanstan wrote:
Coeur de Lion wrote:
vanmanstan wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,
People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?
im driving along, not speeding or anything, see junction up ahead so obeying the rules of the road INDICATE LEFT is it my fault if a cyclist takes a chance and nips thro in my blind spot before i turn?? overtaking on the inside of a vehicle is dangerous and , if your on a cycle, stupid.
Are you a bit simple? A bike goes slower than a car.

If you are turning left then don't try to overtake the bike and then cut across them. I'm not suggesting all cyclists are saints but your example is 100% your fault.
[quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Coeur de Lion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,[/p][/quote]People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?[/p][/quote]im driving along, not speeding or anything, see junction up ahead so obeying the rules of the road INDICATE LEFT is it my fault if a cyclist takes a chance and nips thro in my blind spot before i turn?? overtaking on the inside of a vehicle is dangerous and , if your on a cycle, stupid.[/p][/quote]Are you a bit simple? A bike goes slower than a car. If you are turning left then don't try to overtake the bike and then cut across them. I'm not suggesting all cyclists are saints but your example is 100% your fault. JayEss
  • Score: 3

5:17pm Thu 4 Oct 12

vanmanstan says...

JayEss wrote:
vanmanstan wrote:
Coeur de Lion wrote:
vanmanstan wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,
People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?
im driving along, not speeding or anything, see junction up ahead so obeying the rules of the road INDICATE LEFT is it my fault if a cyclist takes a chance and nips thro in my blind spot before i turn?? overtaking on the inside of a vehicle is dangerous and , if your on a cycle, stupid.
Are you a bit simple? A bike goes slower than a car. If you are turning left then don't try to overtake the bike and then cut across them. I'm not suggesting all cyclists are saints but your example is 100% your fault.
i give up. when slowing at junctions and traffic lights keep as far to the left as you can, it prevents anyone from blindsiding you and forces cyclists to overtake you on the correct side, where you are looking for overtakers, especialy in large vehicles like i drive, as you have a massive blind spot on the passenger side.
[quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Coeur de Lion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,[/p][/quote]People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?[/p][/quote]im driving along, not speeding or anything, see junction up ahead so obeying the rules of the road INDICATE LEFT is it my fault if a cyclist takes a chance and nips thro in my blind spot before i turn?? overtaking on the inside of a vehicle is dangerous and , if your on a cycle, stupid.[/p][/quote]Are you a bit simple? A bike goes slower than a car. If you are turning left then don't try to overtake the bike and then cut across them. I'm not suggesting all cyclists are saints but your example is 100% your fault.[/p][/quote]i give up. when slowing at junctions and traffic lights keep as far to the left as you can, it prevents anyone from blindsiding you and forces cyclists to overtake you on the correct side, where you are looking for overtakers, especialy in large vehicles like i drive, as you have a massive blind spot on the passenger side. vanmanstan
  • Score: -1

5:29pm Thu 4 Oct 12

sen c ble says...

vanmanstan wrote:
JayEss wrote:
vanmanstan wrote:
Coeur de Lion wrote:
vanmanstan wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,
People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?
im driving along, not speeding or anything, see junction up ahead so obeying the rules of the road INDICATE LEFT is it my fault if a cyclist takes a chance and nips thro in my blind spot before i turn?? overtaking on the inside of a vehicle is dangerous and , if your on a cycle, stupid.
Are you a bit simple? A bike goes slower than a car. If you are turning left then don't try to overtake the bike and then cut across them. I'm not suggesting all cyclists are saints but your example is 100% your fault.
i give up. when slowing at junctions and traffic lights keep as far to the left as you can, it prevents anyone from blindsiding you and forces cyclists to overtake you on the correct side, where you are looking for overtakers, especialy in large vehicles like i drive, as you have a massive blind spot on the passenger side.
Vanmanstan, you're correct. Cyclist shoudln''t undertake particularly when your indicating left and if they do they going to end up with tyre designs on their bits.
[quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Coeur de Lion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,[/p][/quote]People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?[/p][/quote]im driving along, not speeding or anything, see junction up ahead so obeying the rules of the road INDICATE LEFT is it my fault if a cyclist takes a chance and nips thro in my blind spot before i turn?? overtaking on the inside of a vehicle is dangerous and , if your on a cycle, stupid.[/p][/quote]Are you a bit simple? A bike goes slower than a car. If you are turning left then don't try to overtake the bike and then cut across them. I'm not suggesting all cyclists are saints but your example is 100% your fault.[/p][/quote]i give up. when slowing at junctions and traffic lights keep as far to the left as you can, it prevents anyone from blindsiding you and forces cyclists to overtake you on the correct side, where you are looking for overtakers, especialy in large vehicles like i drive, as you have a massive blind spot on the passenger side.[/p][/quote]Vanmanstan, you're correct. Cyclist shoudln''t undertake particularly when your indicating left and if they do they going to end up with tyre designs on their bits. sen c ble
  • Score: 0

5:57pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Burnley_resident1 says...

Try reading the article, the driver of the car has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Why slag cyclists off under this article? Some people are SICK in the head.

Tragic story, rest in peace Andrew.
Try reading the article, the driver of the car has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Why slag cyclists off under this article? Some people are SICK in the head. Tragic story, rest in peace Andrew. Burnley_resident1
  • Score: 7

6:54pm Thu 4 Oct 12

ossybsting says...

Coeur de Lion wrote:
vanmanstan wrote:
cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,
People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?
Nice one,vanmanstan never rode a bike eh! yeh right, and i dont suppose he undertakes neither,in his van!
[quote][p][bold]Coeur de Lion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,[/p][/quote]People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?[/p][/quote]Nice one,vanmanstan never rode a bike eh! yeh right, and i dont suppose he undertakes neither,in his van! ossybsting
  • Score: 3

7:17am Sat 6 Oct 12

Chris P Bacon says...

vanmanstan wrote:
JayEss wrote:
vanmanstan wrote:
Coeur de Lion wrote:
vanmanstan wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,
People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?
im driving along, not speeding or anything, see junction up ahead so obeying the rules of the road INDICATE LEFT is it my fault if a cyclist takes a chance and nips thro in my blind spot before i turn?? overtaking on the inside of a vehicle is dangerous and , if your on a cycle, stupid.
Are you a bit simple? A bike goes slower than a car. If you are turning left then don't try to overtake the bike and then cut across them. I'm not suggesting all cyclists are saints but your example is 100% your fault.
i give up. when slowing at junctions and traffic lights keep as far to the left as you can, it prevents anyone from blindsiding you and forces cyclists to overtake you on the correct side, where you are looking for overtakers, especialy in large vehicles like i drive, as you have a massive blind spot on the passenger side.
You should give up because quite frankly, if your attitudes come across in your driving style, you should have your licence taken away.

If you have a 'massive blind spot', it is up to you to compensate for it by leaving that gap unoccupied until you have accounted for it, not to swing in to it regardless and the devil take the hindmost.

It is attitudes like yours that result in innocent pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists being killed and maimed in greater numbers than we should be forced to accept.
[quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Coeur de Lion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vanmanstan[/bold] wrote: cyclist are the scourge of the road, many times ive had one suddenly overtake on the inside as im indicating to turn left,[/p][/quote]People like you are vermin! How many motorists are killed by cyclists?[/p][/quote]im driving along, not speeding or anything, see junction up ahead so obeying the rules of the road INDICATE LEFT is it my fault if a cyclist takes a chance and nips thro in my blind spot before i turn?? overtaking on the inside of a vehicle is dangerous and , if your on a cycle, stupid.[/p][/quote]Are you a bit simple? A bike goes slower than a car. If you are turning left then don't try to overtake the bike and then cut across them. I'm not suggesting all cyclists are saints but your example is 100% your fault.[/p][/quote]i give up. when slowing at junctions and traffic lights keep as far to the left as you can, it prevents anyone from blindsiding you and forces cyclists to overtake you on the correct side, where you are looking for overtakers, especialy in large vehicles like i drive, as you have a massive blind spot on the passenger side.[/p][/quote]You should give up because quite frankly, if your attitudes come across in your driving style, you should have your licence taken away. If you have a 'massive blind spot', it is up to you to compensate for it by leaving that gap unoccupied until you have accounted for it, not to swing in to it regardless and the devil take the hindmost. It is attitudes like yours that result in innocent pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists being killed and maimed in greater numbers than we should be forced to accept. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 2

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