Teenager Lewis Monks dies in bus horror

Teenager Lewis Monks dies in bus horror

Emergency services on the scene console witnesses outside Asda in Weymouth

The bus parked in the stop outside Asda

The scene at Asda

First published in News Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A teenager was killed in a collision with a bus in Weymouth.

The 19-year-old cyclist, Lewis Monks, was hit by the First bus on Newstead Road near the Boot Hill junction just before 3pm yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services raced to the scene including the air ambulance, rapid response teams and police units.

Road closures were put in place while the air ambulance attempted to land.

But a decision was made not to land and the youth was eventually transferred to hospital by road ambulance.

A spokesman for Dorset Air Ambulance said: “We received a call about the incident at 2.47pm and arrived at the scene at 3.05pm, but we did not airlift anyone from the scene.

“We were informed that the cyclist was a 19-year-old male. We left the scene at 3.50pm.”

Police shut the road between the junction and the entrance to Asda on Newstead Road and travel restrictions were put in place as emergency services worked.

Parts of Westham were gridlocked with traffic as drivers found alternative routes to Westwey Road, where police put up a temporary road block.

A spokesman for First Bus said: “We can confirm that there was an incident involving one of our buses in Weymouth on Friday afternoon whereby a vehicle was in collision with a cyclist.

“The exact details of what happened are currently unclear but they will be thoroughly investigated. “Our team attended the scene and will be working with the police to establish what happened in the coming weeks.

“We were shocked and saddened to hear that the male cyclist involved in the incident passed away. Our thoughts are currently with his friends and family at this very sad time.”

Dozens of onlookers watched on in shock with some describing hearing the accident from streets away.

Councillor Christine James, who was at the scene, said: “My thoughts are with his family and friends.”

She added that the accident would be investigated and that assumptions should not be made about the cause.

One man, who did not wish to be named, said: “It looked very, very serious. He was a young lad and looked in a bad way.

“I think they were doing CPR but I don’t know if he was responding. Then they put him in the ambulance.”

Another said: “I heard people shouting that there had been an accident and they needed help. I went running but by the time I got there, the ambulance had arrived and was assisting the boy. He was just lying on the ground.”

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said: “We had a call at 2.45pm to a road traffic collision in Newstead Road near Asda.

“We attended with rapid response vehicles, regular ambulances and the air ambulance.”

It is understood that the boy was with cycling with friends when the incident occurred.

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10:23am Sat 9 Jun 12

weymoz says...

So very sad, so young RIP Lewis :(
So very sad, so young RIP Lewis :( weymoz
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1:59pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Micke12 says...

weymoz wrote:
So very sad, so young RIP Lewis :(
Why give out a name when this person has mot been named by the police. I know you may or may not know the person involved, but until the name is formally released by the authorities, it is irresponsible to name him.

I send my condolences to the parents and friends of the young man involved in this tragic accident. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
[quote][p][bold]weymoz[/bold] wrote: So very sad, so young RIP Lewis :([/p][/quote]Why give out a name when this person has mot been named by the police. I know you may or may not know the person involved, but until the name is formally released by the authorities, it is irresponsible to name him. I send my condolences to the parents and friends of the young man involved in this tragic accident. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Micke12
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6:20pm Sat 9 Jun 12

kwhat says...

Micke12 wrote:
weymoz wrote:
So very sad, so young RIP Lewis :(
Why give out a name when this person has mot been named by the police. I know you may or may not know the person involved, but until the name is formally released by the authorities, it is irresponsible to name him.

I send my condolences to the parents and friends of the young man involved in this tragic accident. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Agree with mick12, The news was on good old slaunder 'facebook' before even the police new! Not right. Oh another problem with the new road system!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Micke12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]weymoz[/bold] wrote: So very sad, so young RIP Lewis :([/p][/quote]Why give out a name when this person has mot been named by the police. I know you may or may not know the person involved, but until the name is formally released by the authorities, it is irresponsible to name him. I send my condolences to the parents and friends of the young man involved in this tragic accident. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.[/p][/quote]Agree with mick12, The news was on good old slaunder 'facebook' before even the police new! Not right. Oh another problem with the new road system!!!!!! kwhat
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8:13pm Sat 9 Jun 12

railwaychickenboy6 says...

Until the full facts are known I think we should reserve judgment and not start a blame game, but it is an unfortunate fact that we do live in a modern age where the instant something happens its on the net, but its his family and the driver our thoughts should be with at this time
Until the full facts are known I think we should reserve judgment and not start a blame game, but it is an unfortunate fact that we do live in a modern age where the instant something happens its on the net, but its his family and the driver our thoughts should be with at this time railwaychickenboy6
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2:14am Sun 10 Jun 12

Polly53 says...

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this young man. I have a 19 year old daughter and would be devastated if anything happened to her. I will say prayers for them all at Church today. Another tragedy so soon after the 'Purbeck Isle' makes Weymouth a town in grief at the moment.
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this young man. I have a 19 year old daughter and would be devastated if anything happened to her. I will say prayers for them all at Church today. Another tragedy so soon after the 'Purbeck Isle' makes Weymouth a town in grief at the moment. Polly53
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5:16am Sun 10 Jun 12

ThomasFairfax says...

A very sad footnote to the item which I posted yesterday morning both on Facebook and "New Agenda" under the heading of "Can the Olympics work for Weymouth". The junction where this accident occurred is close to the Asda supermarket, and is in my view, the most confusing and dangerous junction on the new system. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
A very sad footnote to the item which I posted yesterday morning both on Facebook and "New Agenda" under the heading of "Can the Olympics work for Weymouth". The junction where this accident occurred is close to the Asda supermarket, and is in my view, the most confusing and dangerous junction on the new system. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. ThomasFairfax
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8:33am Sun 10 Jun 12

jusphil says...

Having passed the site yesterday i think it is absolutly discusting that the emergancy services have not "cleaned up" the area the accident occured.
Having passed the site yesterday i think it is absolutly discusting that the emergancy services have not "cleaned up" the area the accident occured. jusphil
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3:35pm Sun 10 Jun 12

DarloBird says...

They've just lost a friend, a young man who was very popular. If they're not hurting anyone leave them be and allow them to do what they feel they should to grieve.
They've just lost a friend, a young man who was very popular. If they're not hurting anyone leave them be and allow them to do what they feel they should to grieve. DarloBird
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4:06pm Sun 10 Jun 12

Azza84 says...

Maybe as a member of this community. You could talk to these young adults. Maybe express you sadness of the events, all the while talking about their grieving. You may find that their choice of words is not acceptable. I feel if took asich time to talk to these young adults as you did to log on, write/post and then reply to the message board. You could of actually helped the situation, rather than fuel a debate over "the youth of today"

Then again I guess the "it's someone else's problem" attitude always works.
Maybe as a member of this community. You could talk to these young adults. Maybe express you sadness of the events, all the while talking about their grieving. You may find that their choice of words is not acceptable. I feel if took asich time to talk to these young adults as you did to log on, write/post and then reply to the message board. You could of actually helped the situation, rather than fuel a debate over "the youth of today" Then again I guess the "it's someone else's problem" attitude always works. Azza84
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4:07pm Sun 10 Jun 12

paddyp says...

fraggle36 wrote:
See the accident site is now being used as a congregation point for the individual's mates to get drunk and shout profanities.
...i have just registered on this site purely because this comment is total crass. Lewie was a fantastic guy, who's passing has left a huge hole in a lot of peoples life. Is there an issue here with friends paying respect to their loss? I think faggle, or what ever your hidden internet name is, should shut the **** up, and not pass judgement on kind heartfelt grief.
Glad i met you Lewie. RIP squire.
Paddy Purnell.
[quote][p][bold]fraggle36[/bold] wrote: See the accident site is now being used as a congregation point for the individual's mates to get drunk and shout profanities.[/p][/quote]...i have just registered on this site purely because this comment is total crass. Lewie was a fantastic guy, who's passing has left a huge hole in a lot of peoples life. Is there an issue here with friends paying respect to their loss? I think faggle, or what ever your hidden internet name is, should shut the **** up, and not pass judgement on kind heartfelt grief. Glad i met you Lewie. RIP squire. Paddy Purnell. paddyp
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4:10pm Sun 10 Jun 12

X Old Bill says...

Various societies around the world grieve for the deceased in various ways, some may appear strange to the indigenous British population. That is not to say it is 'wrong' but it becomes 'unacceptable' when it impacts upon people who are unconnected in any way with the deceased or the circumstances.

If, however the grieving process is as described then perhaps Dorset Police should consider attending the funeral in order to prevent any likely breach of the peace.
Various societies around the world grieve for the deceased in various ways, some may appear strange to the indigenous British population. That is not to say it is 'wrong' but it becomes 'unacceptable' when it impacts upon people who are unconnected in any way with the deceased or the circumstances. If, however the grieving process is as described then perhaps Dorset Police should consider attending the funeral in order to prevent any likely breach of the peace. X Old Bill
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4:15pm Sun 10 Jun 12

DarloBird says...

X Old Bill wrote:
Various societies around the world grieve for the deceased in various ways, some may appear strange to the indigenous British population. That is not to say it is 'wrong' but it becomes 'unacceptable' when it impacts upon people who are unconnected in any way with the deceased or the circumstances.

If, however the grieving process is as described then perhaps Dorset Police should consider attending the funeral in order to prevent any likely breach of the peace.
So if the same said people were out having a drink in same said area for something like the jubilee would same said comment be said? People are assuming and getting themselves involved because it isn't public. Leave them be, if they ain't hurting anyone what is everyone's problem?
I for one would join them if I was around.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: Various societies around the world grieve for the deceased in various ways, some may appear strange to the indigenous British population. That is not to say it is 'wrong' but it becomes 'unacceptable' when it impacts upon people who are unconnected in any way with the deceased or the circumstances. If, however the grieving process is as described then perhaps Dorset Police should consider attending the funeral in order to prevent any likely breach of the peace.[/p][/quote]So if the same said people were out having a drink in same said area for something like the jubilee would same said comment be said? People are assuming and getting themselves involved because it isn't public. Leave them be, if they ain't hurting anyone what is everyone's problem? I for one would join them if I was around. DarloBird
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4:24pm Sun 10 Jun 12

Azza84 says...

X Old Bill wrote:
Various societies around the world grieve for the deceased in various ways, some may appear strange to the indigenous British population. That is not to say it is 'wrong' but it becomes 'unacceptable' when it impacts upon people who are unconnected in any way with the deceased or the circumstances.

If, however the grieving process is as described then perhaps Dorset Police should consider attending the funeral in order to prevent any likely breach of the peace.
The first part of this argument is quite a valid point tho I do not agree totally.

However the second part is the correct solution. Why meet anger and grief with hostility?

Once again let's bash the youth of "broken Britain" yet no is willing to fix it, just moan.

Once again if you talked to these youth in a polite sensitive mannor you might find your problem with their actions would be sorted.

God forbid anyone the grief this family and his close friends are feeling. If you do I hope no one asks you to stop grieving so loud or in public as it is upsetting them.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: Various societies around the world grieve for the deceased in various ways, some may appear strange to the indigenous British population. That is not to say it is 'wrong' but it becomes 'unacceptable' when it impacts upon people who are unconnected in any way with the deceased or the circumstances. If, however the grieving process is as described then perhaps Dorset Police should consider attending the funeral in order to prevent any likely breach of the peace.[/p][/quote]The first part of this argument is quite a valid point tho I do not agree totally. However the second part is the correct solution. Why meet anger and grief with hostility? Once again let's bash the youth of "broken Britain" yet no is willing to fix it, just moan. Once again if you talked to these youth in a polite sensitive mannor you might find your problem with their actions would be sorted. God forbid anyone the grief this family and his close friends are feeling. If you do I hope no one asks you to stop grieving so loud or in public as it is upsetting them. Azza84
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4:30pm Sun 10 Jun 12

Azza84 says...

Isnt the correct*
Isnt the correct* Azza84
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4:47pm Sun 10 Jun 12

paddyp says...

X Old Bill wrote:
Various societies around the world grieve for the deceased in various ways, some may appear strange to the indigenous British population. That is not to say it is 'wrong' but it becomes 'unacceptable' when it impacts upon people who are unconnected in any way with the deceased or the circumstances.

If, however the grieving process is as described then perhaps Dorset Police should consider attending the funeral in order to prevent any likely breach of the peace.
Idiot! Breach of the peace to show emotion??? Is not the UK suposed to be a multi cultural society? Accepting many ideals and ways of life? You sound a tad prejudice there, ex old bill, remember Sophie Lancaster?
Is it because the friends "grieving" look a little different? Huh.
Get out more and get a life.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: Various societies around the world grieve for the deceased in various ways, some may appear strange to the indigenous British population. That is not to say it is 'wrong' but it becomes 'unacceptable' when it impacts upon people who are unconnected in any way with the deceased or the circumstances. If, however the grieving process is as described then perhaps Dorset Police should consider attending the funeral in order to prevent any likely breach of the peace.[/p][/quote]Idiot! Breach of the peace to show emotion??? Is not the UK suposed to be a multi cultural society? Accepting many ideals and ways of life? You sound a tad prejudice there, ex old bill, remember Sophie Lancaster? Is it because the friends "grieving" look a little different? Huh. Get out more and get a life. paddyp
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4:59pm Sun 10 Jun 12

Sparkleyes says...

As I myself spent a large amount  of my time there yesterday I did not whiteness any one drunk or shouting profanities, just showing there respects having a toast to the sadly departed.. If you can't say any thing nice the don't say any thing at all, show some respect for those who will miss him most...
As I myself spent a large amount  of my time there yesterday I did not whiteness any one drunk or shouting profanities, just showing there respects having a toast to the sadly departed.. If you can't say any thing nice the don't say any thing at all, show some respect for those who will miss him most... Sparkleyes
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