'Missed forever': Families pay tribute to teenagers killed in motorbike crash

By John Mercury July 9, 2024

The families of two teenagers killed in a motorbike crash have said paid tribute to their much-loved relatives. 

Wayne Hodgson, 18, and Bobby Grimes, 13, died after the motorbike they were on collided with a car in Rushyford, County Durham, shortly before midday on Friday 5 July, Durham Constabulary said.

The collision, which took place on Middridge Road near the Rushyford roundabout, is not being treated as suspicious but witnesses have been encouraged to come forward.

In a statement on Monday, Mr Hodgson was described as a loving son, brother, nephew and uncle.

“Wayne, you have left a massive hole in our hearts and lives,” his family said.

“You are going to be missed for forever and a day. We love you always, our baby Wayne.”

Meanwhile, Bobby’s family said he was a “cheeky boy who loved to say ‘wise man’.”

“Bobby was a greatly loved son, brother, nephew, cousin, grandson,” the tribute read.

“He will never be forgotten and missed forever.”

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Both families thanked the public and emergency services who attended the scene.

One member of the public who gave Bobby first aid was called a “hero in our eyes” by his relatives.

Durham Constabulary appealed for anyone with information, particularly those who saw or has dashcam footage of the motorbike being driven between Ferryhill and Middridge in the minutes before the collision, to contact the force.

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