Driver charged with death of biker

Crash victim Michael Stockton
Crash victim Michael Stockton
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A lorry driver has been charged with causing the death of a motorcyclist from St Helens.

Michael Stockton, 59, sustained fatal injuries after his Honda motorbike collided with an HGV tipper truck on Bradford Road in Bolton town centre on September 5 last year.

The accident left him pinned under the truck as passers-by scrambled to help him.

He was taken to Salford Royal Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

In a statement, Mr Stockton’s family said: “Mick was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was born and brought up in the St Helens area.

“He was the only boy in a family of five children.

“Mick had a lifelong interest in pigeons and was a successful breeder and racer and was an active member of Burtonwood Homing Society.

“At the time of the accident Mick was on his way to work as a joiner.”

Andrew Patton, 32, of Holyoake Road, Worsley, has since been charged with causing death by careless driving.

He appeared before Bolton Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (January 2) and is next due to appear before Bolton Crown Court on January 17.

He is yet to enter a plea.