Family renews appeal for witnesses to tragic collision

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Family renews appeal for witnesses to tragic collision

9th February 2011

The family of a young man who was tragically killed in a road collision just three weeks after the birth of his son has renewed an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Gavin Brooks, 22, was killed when his motorcycle was involved in a collision on 26 October last year. Now Gavin's mum Cindy, fiancée Leanne Unsworth and their son Kainan, who is four months old, are hoping anyone who witnessed the incident will come forward and help in their fight for justice.

"We were planning to get married in November 2010, and I had been looking at wedding venues and had a wedding dress fitting," said Miss Unsworth, of Leighton Buzzard. "But when I became pregnant we decided that we would put off getting married. Gavin would joke that he had done his bit by proposing to me and suggest we just went to a registry office, but we did want to have a traditional wedding," she said. "We agreed that we would have the baby first, perhaps wait until Kainan was walking, and then he could be a page boy at our wedding."

Mr Brooks, who worked for a security company, had been working a night shift and was returning home when the tragedy occurred. "We were meant to be going out as a family for the first time that night. We were really looking forward to it," said Miss Unsworth. "On the morning of the accident Gavin had popped into Tesco at Kingston and couldn't resist buying a coat for Kainan while he was there.

"He took to parenthood so well and was so proud of his son. He was quite reserved with his emotions before Kainan, but suddenly he was cooing and quite besotted with him. It was so lovely to see."

At 7.45 on the morning of Tuesday 26 October, Gavin's motorbike collided with a Land Rover Discovery at the junction of Woburn Road and Reach Lane. He died at the scene.

"Gavin was an incredibly loving father, partner and son, and the whole family is still reeling from the shock of losing him," said Polly Herbert, a lawyer specialising in fatal road collisions who is representing the family. "Their feeling of loss is unimaginable, and we are urging anyone who might have helpful information about the incident - no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be - to come forward."

Mrs Herbert explained that due to the ongoing criminal investigation of the tragedy, police were not allowed to release any witness accounts of the incident to the victim's family and their lawyers.

"If we are to secure funds to help the family pay for the funeral and for the future care of the couple's son, we urgently need witnesses to come forward with their description of what happened," she said. "The victim's family are still suffering the aftermath of losing their loved one. It is only right that those responsible are held to account for this tragic loss."

Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident at the junction of Woburn Road and Reach Lane, at around 7.45am on Tuesday, 26 October 2010, please contact Polly Herbert at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0161 238 640. Alternatively please e-mail

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, and any detail could be hugely important to this case.

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