Family pay tribute to cyclist killed on city road

Greg Dear

Greg Dear

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

THE parents of a cyclist killed in a collision with a car on a busy Southampton road have paid tribute to their son.

Greg Dear, 27, was rushed to Southampton General Hospital after a crash involving an orange Fiat Punto in Millbrook Road West at about 7.20am on Thursday.

The former Bellemoor Secondary School student, of Cliff Road, Freemantle, was taken to a specialist neurology centre but died later that night.

Parents Steve and Chris said: "Greg was confident, healthy and friendly. He was outgoing and had a really good sense of humour.

"He will be greatly missed by both family and friends."

Greg, who grew up with his elder sister Claire, enjoyed cooking, fishing, darts, cycling and computers.

He worked as a carpenter and tiler and, according to his father, excelled at tiling.

Police continue to appeal to anyone who may have seen the Fiat or Greg on his cycle waiting at the central reservation in Millbrook Road West, waiting to turn towards Regents Park Road.

The 29-year-old woman driver of the Fiat was arrested in connection on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and dangerous driving. She was released on police bail until January.

She was uninjured in the crash that brought rush hour traffic in the city to a standstill.

Anyone with information can contact Operation Carm at Eastleigh on 0845 045 45 45 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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6:47pm Sun 19 Oct 08

Sheitma Pance says...

Condolences to family and friends.

If something positive comes out of this then I hope other cyclists and motorists stop for a minute and consider how accidents such as this can be avoided in the future.
Condolences to family and friends. If something positive comes out of this then I hope other cyclists and motorists stop for a minute and consider how accidents such as this can be avoided in the future. Sheitma Pance
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8:52pm Sun 19 Oct 08

southampton person says...

My Heart goes out to Gregs family. This picture is the way that every one from Bellemoor will always remember him. Many years of riding to school and being taught how to fish by this guy were times that i now feel well spent. It is such a shame to lose someone so friendly and so talented. God Bless from all that knew you Greg
My Heart goes out to Gregs family. This picture is the way that every one from Bellemoor will always remember him. Many years of riding to school and being taught how to fish by this guy were times that i now feel well spent. It is such a shame to lose someone so friendly and so talented. God Bless from all that knew you Greg southampton person
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9:22pm Sun 19 Oct 08

southampton person says...

I should also add that for many of his friends especially those from school who may have moved away over the years to look at the following link, http://www.facebook.
com/group.php?gid=45
147184192&ref=mf
I should also add that for many of his friends especially those from school who may have moved away over the years to look at the following link, http://www.facebook. com/group.php?gid=45 147184192&ref=mf southampton person
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9:25am Tue 21 Oct 08

ann-marieu says...

my thoughts go out to the blokes family and friends through this difficult time to lose a loved 1 in such tradic way. r.i.p x
my thoughts go out to the blokes family and friends through this difficult time to lose a loved 1 in such tradic way. r.i.p x ann-marieu
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