Mike Norman tributes: Family and friends leave flowers and poignant messages
An 18-year-old motorcyclist has died after a crash near his Lovington home.
Former Ansford Academy pupil Mike Norman was killed last week following a rush-hour collision with a van at Lydford-on-Fosse.
The collision happened on the A37 junction near Lydford Stores.
His heartbroken family and friends left flowers and poignant letters and photographs at the scene – while tributes were made to the popular youngster on social media sites.
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Ansford Academy also paid tribute to its former pupil.
Principal Rob Benzie said: “It was with great sadness that the staff and students heard about Michael’s death following a motorcycle accident.
“Michael was a distinctive, independent-minded student at Ansford School from the time he joined us in Year 9 to when he left in 2011. He was a popular member in a very successful year group and will certainly be remembered by students who worked alongside him, as well as his teachers.
“Our sympathies go out to his family at this time of deep sadness.”
Shortly after the incident, a family member wrote on Facebook: “As you all probably know by now we sadly had to say our final goodbyes to my beautiful older brother today.
“He will be massively missed by everybody and he was a great asset to the family.
“Thank you to everyone who has sent their love to my family and me at such a devastating time, he will always be in our hearts and our memories.
“We may have lost a fighting soldier today but heaven gained the most beautiful angel we could possibly ask for.”
A letter left at the scene signed by girlfriend Toni Broad said: “I promise I will look after your family as I know how much they meant to you and how much you loved them.
“You’ve been taken out of my life too soon, but I know you are in a better place now and in no pain.”
South West Ambulance Service confirmed they received an emergency call at 4.59pm on Monday, March 11.
Four ambulances were sent to the scene of the collision – with both Mr Norman and the driver of the van unconscious but breathing.
Both were taken to Yeovil District Hospital, where Mr Norman later died of his injuries.
Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash as investigations continue. Anyone with information should contact 101.