Man who tried to save London Road crash motorcyclist pays tribute

Posted on - 5th July, 2016 - 10:55pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News
A floral tributes left at the scene of the crash in London Road Pic: Olivia Baron

A floral tributes left at the scene of the crash in London Road Pic: Olivia Baron

The man who tried to save a motorcyclist who died in a crash in London Road has spoken of his grief.


Peter Charles, from Clayton-le-Woods, was nearby when the incident happened on Sunday night.

He and other bystanders tried to save Robert Symonowicz, 28, after the collision with a BMW.

Mr Charles, writing on his Facebook page, said he was starting a campaign to make the stretch of the A6 safer.

He said:

I’ve come to show my respect to Rob, who passed away on Sunday.

Everyone who knows me is aware I will do anything for anyone and go out of my way to do anything I can. On Sunday when it happened I have never felt so helpless in my life.

I feel like I owe Rob something. I am going to do my best to get that stretch of London Road safer. They have put a speed camera on the hill and towards town. In my eyes there needs to be more than that done on London Road, it needs speed bumps going into town and also going out. There are too many side streets on that road and people speed up and down it all day. This wouldn’t have happened if there was a speed bumps on that part of the road.

Another thing I want to say is how amazing it was when everyone came together to try and save him. It was amazing and the emergency services were incredible and did everything they could to save him.
There was no one to blame in this accident. It was just something that couldn’t have been stopped.

Thank you for all your supportive messages and concerns. I want you to turn your thoughts and prayers towards Rob’s family and friends who need all the support they can get during this time.

I have had some amazing messages from Rob’s friends and Family. I appreciate all the messages.

Thank you for all your support. You can sign the London Road petition here.

Related: Family pay tribute to man who died in London Rd collision

Preston Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident.

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log 1363 of July 3rd..

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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