Biker dies weeks after brother paralysed

A GRIEVING mother has spoken of her heartbreak after losing her son in a motorcycle accident, weeks after his brother was paralysed in a similar crash.

A GRIEVING mother has spoken of her heartbreak after losing her son in a motorcycle accident, weeks after his brother was paralysed in a similar crash.

Simon Wright, 21, of Crown Street, Leiston, died after he lost control of the black Yamaha DT 125 motorcycle he was riding on the B1119 towards Saxmundham and hit a tree in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The accident happened six weeks to the day after his brother, Shaun, 20, was seriously injured in a motorbike accident on the Thorpe Road, between Thorpeness and Aldeburgh.

Shaun severed his spine and suffered extensive injuries when his 400cc motorbike crashed on Sunday, April 29.

He has been paralysed from the waist down and is still recovering in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in Buckinghamshire. It is expected he will stay in hospital for another four to five months.

Their mum, Mandy Hurren, of Ashfield Drive in Leiston, said: “It is such a waste of life.

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“I'm absolutely devastated and I just can't believe it - how much bad luck can a family have?”

Simon had recently moved out of home to live with his girlfriend Amy Abbott, 20, the daughter of Kim Abbott, who was killed in the crash on the A12 at Blythburgh last July which claimed four other lives. The couple had planned to move out to Spain to work and to travel.

Paying tribute to Simon, Mrs Hurren said: “He was very much a family boy and he lived life to the full and was always so happy and loved life.

“He loved his family, friends and his girlfriend and they loved him.”

Simon was one of eight children in the family. His three brothers Shaun, Scott, nine and Stefan, seven, and his four sisters, Stacey and Sammy, both 17, Sara, 15, and Sadie, 10, have been devastated by his death.

His stepfather Conroy, who married into the family when Simon was eleven, was also in a state of disbelief.

Mrs Hurren said: “He was just so lovely and gentle and had a fantastic sense of humour.

“He was brilliant at school and very intelligent and his death has left a humungous hole in our family and our lives.”

Simon grew up in Leiston and attended Leiston Primary, Middle and High Schools.

The tragedy comes as Mrs Hurren makes the 280-mile round trip journey to visit Shaun in hospital every other day, who almost bled to death following an operation on May 29. The family is now trying to find a way to get him to Simon's funeral.

A fundraising event had been planned for Friday to help raise money for the family after Shaun's accident and it is still going ahead at the Con Club, Waterloo Road, Leiston, at 7.30pm.

n Police are investigating the fatal collision and would like to hear from anyone who saw Mr Wright during Saturday evening and the early hours of Sunday or the bike in the area prior to the collision.

Anyone with any further information is asked to call Pc Hamish Philp at Halesworth Policing Unit on 01986 835350.

n. Do you want to pay tribute to Simon? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email

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