Family tribute to hit-and-run victim
PUBLISHED: 18:11 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010
THE family of a 51-year-old man from Stevenage who was the victim of a hit-and-run driver have paid tribute to him. Dennis Crook, of Salisbury Road, was on a Harley Davidson motorcycle at about 3.15pm on Sunday when it was in collision with a car on the A
THE family of a 51-year-old man from Stevenage who was the victim of a hit-and-run driver have paid tribute to him.
Dennis Crook, of Salisbury Road, was on a Harley Davidson motorcycle at about 3.15pm on Sunday when it was in collision with a car on the A10 near Hoddesdon.
He later died of his injuries at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. The driver of the car, believed to be a white Ford Escort or Vauxhall Astra, failed to stop.
The father-of-three and stepfather of seven was born in west London but moved to Stevenage with his family aged three. He went to Peartree Spring Primary School followed by Barnwell School.
He then did an apprenticeship at British Aerospace before leaving to start his own painting and decorating business. His last job was as operations manager at Rushden-based building services company RBS.
His fiancée Loraine Nugent and sister Julia Hammond paid tribute to him.
Julia said: "He was my baby brother and he was so cute when he was little. I adored him and looked after him because I was the older one. He was brought up with bikes because our dad was into them and it was just a way of life for us.
"Even as children we used to ride in the sidecar of the bike and, as he got older, he took part in speedway and motocross races."
Loraine said: "He was a fun and really loving man who would do anything for anyone - a big softy. He loved his bikes, and his family and children meant everything to him. He was a family man and those around him always came first. He always wanted to spoil me as it had taken us so long to meet, however I have loved every second of our four years together.
"He ran a 10k in London in July to raise money for the Garden House Hospice where his dad had been before he died last year."
She added: "We would strongly appeal for anyone who saw something on the afternoon of the incident, particularly the driver of the car, to come forward. We are not looking to point the blame at anyone as everyone makes mistakes. But we just want answers.
"We would also appeal to all drivers to take care on the roads, because every road user has family and friends who love them and would miss them.