Two families have been left mourning loved ones over Christmas following separate road crashes which left two men dead.
Yesterday (23 December) popular Peterborough Cathedral chorister James Trickey (22) died after he was involved in a collision with a car as he was cycling on Storey’s Bar Road in the city.
Edward Mbanu (41) died following a collision on the A15 at Norman Cross near Yaxley on 18 December. Two other men were injured in the crash.
Following the death of Mr Trickey, a spokesman for Peterborough Cathedral said his colleagues were shocked at the news.
He said: “The cathedral community heard the news of James Trickey’s death this morning with great shock and tremendous sadness.
“James has been a lay clerk (professional singer) in the Cathedral Choir for just over a year.
“It is a role he relished; he really enjoyed his singing and living amongst colleagues here in the Cathedral Precincts.
“He was a fine bass-baritone singer with the potential for a significant career.
“Our thoughts and prayers are very much with his family, and with his friends and colleagues in the music department at the cathedral.”
A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 7.06am to Storey’s Bar Road after reports of a collision between a car and a bike.
“The rapid response vehicle was there within three minutes.
“He had suffered multiple injuries in the crash.”
The road was closed for a number of hours while investigations into the incident took place.
The driver of the Renault Clio, the car involved in the crash, was uninjured in the incident.
In the other tragic incident, Mr Mbanu, of Vergette Street, Eastfield, Peterborough, died at the scene of the crash, which happened at 3pm.
The silver Mazda 6 he had been travelling in had collided with a white Mercedes Sprinter van.
The driver of the van, a 32-year-old man from Huntingdon was seriously injured in the crash and taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, while a passenger in the van, a 37-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Peterborough City Hospital.
One witness, who asked not to be named, said: “It was like a scene from TV’s Casualty.
“It was stressful and shocking but you do what you can.
“I banged on the car window but could not get the door open. It left us feeling totally unprepared and helpless.
“It was surreal.”
North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said he had been campaigning for safety improvements on the road for some time.
He had previously written to Cambridgeshire County Council chief executive Mark Lloyd about speed warnings on the road.
He said: “I send my condolences to the friends and family of Edward Mbany, and my thoughts are with the driver of the van who was so seriously injured.
“I’ve seen at first hand the dangerous nature of this stretch of road, which continues to get busier by the day in view of the developments in the Hamptons and Yaxley.
“This has not been a priority for the council but now it must be.
“I am again writing to the council asking them to urgently review the signage and speed warnings so we can try and avoid tragedies of this kind in the future.”
Former college colleague Charles Sayegh paid tribute to Mr Mbanu, and said: “I am very sorry to hear of the sudden death of Edward Mbanu.
“I was in the same A-level biology group when he was at Peterborough Regional College.
“I still can’t believe it since reading about the accident on Friday.
“My condolences to his mum Sue and the family.”
Anyone with information about either of the incidents is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit at Cambridgeshire police on 101.