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Shock as family man dies in motorbike crash

PUBLISHED: 19:13 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 11 August 2010

A FATHER died tragically when he lost control of his motorbike driving along a busy bypass at night. Jeffrey March, 42, from Dunmow Close, Chadwell Heath, had been riding towards his home on Tuesday, May 6 when the accident happened. He came off his bik

A FATHER died tragically when he lost control of his motorbike driving along a busy bypass at night.

Jeffrey March, 42, from Dunmow Close, Chadwell Heath, had been riding towards his home on Tuesday, May 6 when the accident happened.

He came off his bike at a roundabout on the Purfleet bypass, Thurrock, just after 9.30pm.

He was not fatally injured in the crash, and police officers tried desperately to revive him at the scene.

An ambulance arrived and Mr March was taken to Essex County Hospital where he later died due to heart failure.

It is not known if any other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Mr March was a popular man well-liked by all his neighbours in the quiet cul-de-sac full of semi-detached houses where he lived.

He was also a dog lover who kept an alsatian which he walked everyday.

Neighbour Maureen Chiswell would often walk her dog with him. She said: "You couldn't have met a nicer man. Jeff would do anything to help people.

"He loved his wife so much, they were devoted to each other. She's distraught.

"He was down helping out a friend in Thurrock the night it happened.

"Before he left he called to tell his wife he would be home in half an hour, but he never made it home.

"It's so sad. He had only just got that bike and it was something he had wanted for ages."

Another neighbour said: "I heard what happened, and it was such a shock. He always kept himself so fit and healthy.

"On the night that Jeffrey died I remember hearing his dog howling and pining, as if it knew what had happened.

"I knew then that something was wrong because I had never heard it make those noises before."

Another Dunmow Close resident said: "It's so awful; he was a lovely, friendly man."

Essex police are still looking for anyone who witnessed the accident; if you can help, call the investigation unit on 01268541312.


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