Memorial bench placed in memory of cyclist Alison


Memorial bench placed in memory of cyclist Alison

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

THE family of a Melling mum who was killed after her bike hit a pothole in Aughton and caused her to veer into the path of a car has marked two years since her death by placing a memorial bench in her memory.

Alison Doyle, 47, died on August 19, 2018, when her bike hit a pothole and she lost control and collided with a Ford Ka on Bold Lane.

To commemorate two years since the mum-of-two passed away, her family have put a memorial bench on Clieves Hill Lane, in Aughton.

A plaque attached to the bench reads: “In loving memory of Alison Jane Doyle. Touched the hearts of those who knew her. Loved and remembered always”.

Her sister, Gillian Piercewright, told the Champion: “Clieves Hill was a special place for Alison and she would often take herself up there to not only enjoy the beautiful views but she found it a calming and comforting place which helped when she was going through breast cancer treatment.

“So this seemed the perfect place for her bench to go and we would like others to enjoy the same views that Alison often did.

“There have been many flowers kindly left for Alison this week and it looks really beautiful.”

Alison was a nurse and Melling Parish Councillor.

Following her death, a coroner ruled at an inquest at Preston Coroner’s Court that her death was the result of a road traffic accident.

Questions were raised about the management of the roads by Lancashire County Council and it was heard there had been four complaints about the state of the road in the previous year.

The pothole was at least 15 inches in length and two and a half inches deep and was filled in later that day by the county council.

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