Dad-of-two dies in scooter crash

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a dad-of-two from Ripley who was killed in a road accident in the second tragedy in the family.

David Staley, 25, was killed while riding a Vespa scooter home along Derby Road in the town at 9pm on Saturday when he was in collision with a car.

Bouquets were left at the scene of his death, along with a large number of handwritten messages from family and friends.

David leaves behind two children, Faith, aged seven, and Ryan, aged four.

He also leaves mum Tracey and father Simon, sister Zoe and a brother Daniel. Another brother, Martin, died 24 years ago when he was very young.

Dad Simon said: “There were loads of tributes – we just want to say thank you to everybody that left them.

“It’s just so hard because he is the second son that we have lost. To lose two boys is a big thing.”

His uncle Aaron Staley said: “He was very popular, everyone knew him. He was willing to help anyone. He would help you at the drop of a hat.

“He was a lovely guy. I am the same age and I grew up with him. I’m his uncle, but he was more of a brother than a nephew.”

David lived off Derby Road, and was travelling back home after visiting his father when the accident happened, said his family this week.

He was educated at infant and junior schools in Ripley and at John Flamsteed School in Denby.

His former religious education teacher, Helen Redhead, also paid tribute this week.

She said: “He was lovely, he had such a lovely sense of humour. He was so caring and committed to his family.

“I remember he would always look out for his sister.”

Among the messages left at the scene of the accident, one read: “You were a lovely lad. You had a heart of gold.”

Another read: “You are going to be in my heart and I will never forget you.”

Firefighters from Ripley spent around an hour at the scene.

A police spokeswoman said: “We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash or saw either vehicle – a Vespa scooter or Vauxhall Zafira – shortly before the collision.”

The family say funeral arrangements will be posted on Facebook.

Anyone with information about the accident is being urged to call the force’s witness appeal line on 01773 572929.