A WIDNES dad killed in a road accident has been hailed as ‘the nicest, kindest, funniest man’ you could meet.
Friends and work colleagues say they are shocked and devastated following the sudden death of 35-year-old Jason Bright.
He was riding to work on his motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a coach in Hale Road, Speke, near John Lennon Airport at 8.20am on Saturday, June 28.
He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. His condition was first described as critical, but, sadly he later died.
A 53-year-old driver of a Terravision coach has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
No passengers on the coach, which was travelling to Liverpool Airport from Manchester Airport, were injured.
Jason, known to his friends as Jay, has a young son who recently started school, and is an only child. He lived at home in Farnworth with his parents, Linda, aged 58, and Chris, aged 60.
They all worked together at Forward Chemicals, now Zepp UK, which makes laundry powder, until they were made redundant when a plant closed down last year.
Admin manager Sue Garvie said: “His father and mother worked here for 30 years. Linda worked as an accountant and Chris worked in the factory with Jason.
“They are a good hard-working family.
“We have had colleagues contact us from Italy and Holland. Everyone is very upset. He will be sadly missed by all of us.
“Jason worked in the powder plant since leaving school at 16. He was a nice chap. We saw him grow up until he became a dad himself.
“He had lots of experience and went out and looked for work after being made redundant.
“He only bought his bike to go to his new job.”
Jason was on his way to Merseychem in Allerton on Saturday morning.
One of his Merseychem work colleagues said: “He was a brilliant person. He got on with everyone. He was a brilliant guy. He did everything right. He was a great worker and was always on time.
“We are all devastated here. We send all our thoughts to his family.”
Friends have paid tribute on our World Facebook page.
Joanne Marie Randall posted: ‘I still wish this wasn’t real. Jay was the nicest, kindest and funniest man I had the honor of knowing and calling my friend. He would do anything for anyone. The village won’t be the same without you. We will never ever forget you. You will always be in our hearts.’
Lea-Anne Richards added; ‘Thoughts go out to his loved ones x.’
Terry Cartwright posted: ‘RIP Jay Bright god bless you big man. May the rhino rest in peace!!!’
Maureen Parker said: “‘Rest in peace jason i remember u when u live in page lane playing with my son james. god keep u safe.’
Tracey Naughton added: ‘RIP jay x.’ Sarah Phillips posted; ‘Rest in peace jay. such a nice lad x.’
Caroline Upton posted: 'Thoughts n prayers go to family n friends at this sad time RIP hunni god bless xxx.'
Merseyside Police are continuing their investigations.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the collision investigation unit on 0151 777 5771.