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Motorcyclist killed in collision with car on B3107 Bradford Road near Melksham

Wiltshire Police appeal for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in a collision with a car on the B3107 Bradford Road, Melksham. Credit: PA

A 20 year old man has died after a collision between a motorbike and a car on the Bradford Road in Melksham.

The incident happened around 2.45pm on the B3107 Bradford Road, close to the Countrywide Store roundabout.

A blue Suzuki GSF 600 motorbike was travelling towards Melksham when it was in collision with a blue BMW 325 car which was leaving business premises close to the roundabout.

Wiltshire police say the motorcyclist was a local man who died at the scene. The car driver was uninjured.

The road was closed for approximately six hours whilst specialist officers examined the scene.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, especially the drivers of a white, new model, Ford Fiesta and a silver-grey Skoda Octavia taxi.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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Two facing jail after crash which killed teenager

Max Lewis was killed in a crash near Melksham last year. Credit: Family
Daniel Palmer admitted causing death by careless driving. Credit: ITV West Country

Two men are facing jail for their involvement in a crash which cost a Wiltshire teenager his life.

Daniel Palmer, 23, was today convicted of causing death by careless driving after his car hit a van in Lacock last November, killing his 19-year-old passenger, Max Lewis. The prosecution claimed he'd been racing two other men, one of whom, 19-year-old Connor Forester, only has a provisional license. He was today found guilty of dangerous driving.

They are due to be sentenced next month.

Connor Forester, who was found guilty of dangerous driving, only has a provisional license. Credit: ITV West Country

A third man, 26-year-old Julian Drew, was found not guilty of dangerous driving, but faces other offences at a later hearing, including disqualified driving and driving with no insurance.

Julian Drew faces other offences at a later hearing. Credit: ITV West Country

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Two charged with teenagers death

Max Lewis died after a car crash last year Credit: ITV News

Two men have been remanded in custody charged with causing the death of a Wiltshire teenager last November.

19 year-old Max Lewis was a passenger in a car involved in a head on collision with a van, on a country road near Melksham.

Julian Drew,26, and Connor Forrester,18, also from the town, have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

A third male, a 22 year old local male was not arrested, although he has been interviewed and has been summonsed to appear at Court, also for an offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

Each of the three men were driving different vehicles’ along Forest lane from Lacock towards Melksham at the time of the collision.

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Full statement from Max Lewis's family

Max Lewis, 19, died in the collision shortly before 3pm on Saturday 15 November 2014 on Forest Lane when a red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a white Renault Master van.

Max’s family would like to thank all his friends for their very kind love and support since he was killed last Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately we are not yet able to set a date for Max’s funeral, but as soon as we can we will let everyone know.

The vigil, flowers and tributes for Max at the crash site over the last few days has been amazing. We are so touched, it has been overwhelming. Our hearts are broken but it is lovely to know that he had so many friends and was so loved by you all.

We want everyone to be safe and the Police and Highways Agency will be moving the tributes very soon. We would like to say that people who would like to be together or bring their tributes and flowers, are very welcome to go to the fields at Max’s fathers house, Baldham, Seend.

– Family statement

An 18 year-old man and a 25 year-old man - both from Melksham - were arrested on Thursday 20 November on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

They have since been bailed to return to Melksham police station on a date in January 2015.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Max Lewis. Credit: Family photograph
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