Cy­clist’s fam­ily ap­peals to find death crash driver

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIANNON MCDOWALL rhiannon@men­ @rhi­an­nonMEN

THE fam­ily of a cy­clist who died in a road ac­ci­dent have ap­pealed to the pub­lic to help find the car in­volved in the col­li­sion.

Steven Far­rish, 49, from Mac­cles­field, died after a crash on the A523 Leek Road, near Bosley Cross­roads, in the early hours of Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

Po­lice want to speak to any­one who saw a metal­lic or­ange Ford Ranger pickup truck be­fore or after the ac­ci­dent.

In a joint state­ment, Steven’s brother and sis­ter, Dar­ren and Carolyn, said: “If any­one has seen this car please come for­ward to the po­lice and tell them where and when, it might be enough to find out who did this.

“Steven was so many things to so many peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties. He was a lov­ing son to Bar­bara, lov­ing brother to Dar­ren and Carolyn, and lov­ing and en­ter­tain­ing un­cle to his 11-year-old nephew Louis.

“He had an enor­mous num­ber of friends who loved him and will miss him tremen­dously, he would al­ways be will­ing to help a friend in need - whether it be us­ing his skills, he gained in his first job at Bri­tish Aero­space as elec­tri­cal engi­neer, or help­ing with their com­put­ers.

“Most of all he loved mu­sic. Par­tic­u­larly live mu­sic whether it be lis­ten­ing or tak­ing part.

“He played in a va­ri­ety of lo­cal bands with his main in­stru­ment be­ing the piano and keys, although he would love to en­ter­tain by oc­ca­sion­ally bring­ing his skills on the trom­bone or ac­cor­dion into the mix.

“We have not just lost a brother, but a true friend. Carolyn shared his pas­sion for mu­sic, the­atre and film and is grief stricken that he has been taken.

“He also leaves be­hind a griev­ing mother who is re­cov­er­ing from a ma­jor op­er­a­tion and re­lied on him for many things.

“His en­tire fam­ily will miss him ter­ri­bly- we are all dev­as­tated. We miss him and love him dearly.”

Po­lice say the driver of the or­ange pick-up failed to stop at the scene.

They are keen to speak to any­one who might have seen the truck in the Mac­cles­field area on the evening of Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20, and the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing in Bosley or Leek.

They say the front of the Ford Ranger would have sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant dam­age and may have been parked unat­tended for some time be­fore be­ing moved into the Leek area on Satur­day morn­ing.

Sergeant An­drew Denni- son, said: “This is a dev­as­tat­ing in­ci­dent for Steven’s fam­ily and we need the pub­lic to get in touch if they re­mem­ber see­ing this distinc­tive, metal­lic or­ange ve­hi­cle. Any in­for­ma­tion can help, even if it seems in­signif­i­cant.” A 31-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman have been ar­rested and re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

Any wit­nesses with in­for­ma­tion should call the seri- ous col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit at Cheshire po­lice on 101 and quote in­ci­dent num­ber 44 of the 21 Oc­to­ber. In­for­ma­tion can also be passed on anony­mously, via Crimestop­pers, on 0800 555 111.

Steven Far­rish (inset) died in a hit and run on the Bosley A523

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