Three motorcycle helmets have been left at the scene of a crash which took the life of a much-loved young biker.
Nathaniel Taylor, 25, lost control of his motorbike and hit a lamp post after riding through a pool of hydraulic liquid on Newbold Road, Chesterfield, at about 10.20am last Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Emotional messages have been left on the three helmets.
One reads: “To my handsome son, love mummy.”
Another says: “RIP Nathan. You were always there for us and will be missed.”
“My first helmet and my last for you to take with you. I’ll miss you,” reads a third message.
Newbold Road resident Glyn Speed, 68, described the crash as “horrendous”.
His wife Margaret Speed, 72, added: “It’s horrible and really heartbreaking because you see his friends coming down and trying to work out what happened.”
John Jardine, 88, said: “It’s so sad. Instantly you think of the family and how they’re missing someone.”
Meanwhile, tributes have been flooding in on the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page.
Kelly Plant said: “RIP Nathan. You were a grand lad and you will be sadly missed.”
Kerri Smedley said: “RIP mate. Sadly lost to a loving family.”
Gary Kay said: “RIP young man. It’s so sad that a life can be taken in such a way. Why there should be hydraulic liquid on the road is anyone’s guess.”
Nick Fullwood said: “RIP biker buddy. So so sad. Condolences to your family.”
Rosaleen Crowder said: “What a dreadful thing to happen.”
Mr Taylor’s inquest opened at Chesterfield coroners’ court yesterday.
Speaking at the hearing, PC Deanna Hyde, of Derbyshire police, said: “He had just dropped his girlfriend off at work and was going back home to Tapton.
“He overtook a vehicle and got back on the correct side of the carriageway.
“He went through a pool of hydraulic liquid, lost traction with his vehicle and became separated from it having struck a lamp post.”
Coroner James Newman said his office was still awaiting post-mortem results to ascertain the cause of Mr Taylor’s death and a police file.
He adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.
The air ambulance was called to the scene of the crash.
Part of Newbold Road was closed for several hours at its junctions with Bowness Road and Keswick Drive.
Witnesses to the collision should call Derbyshire police on 101.