Tributes paid to cyclist who died following crash in Northampton

From the Chronicle & Echo website on Wednesday 27th February (following a short piece the day before):

Tributes have been paid to Tony Pickering, the cyclist who was killed in an accident in Northampton yesterday morning.

Tony Pickering

Mr Pickering, aged 52, of Gayhurst Close, Moulton, was killed after colliding with a people carrier. He was taken to Northampton General Hospital with serious injuries but later died.

A work colleague has described Mr Pickering as a “great character” who will be “sorely missed”.

Mr Pickering had worked on and off for Scot Bennett Engineering Ltd, in Horsley Road, Kingsthorpe for about 25 years.

He joined the company from school in 1977 and worked there until 1988, and returned to work for them in 1999, remaining there ever since.

Rob Bennett, director at Scot Bennett Engineering Ltd, said: “It was shocking yesterday. To lose some so suddenly affected everyone here.

“He will be sorely missed. He was a great character and we are all shocked and saddened by his tragic death.

“He was a very good engineer. But we considered him a friend as well as a colleague.

“We would like to pass on our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family.”

A 39-year-old Northampton man, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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