Tributes paid to former Sevenoaks student Neil Bickley killed by car

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By kentsussex | Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 12:33

Tributes have been paid to a former Sevenoaks School student after he was hit by a car last Thursday morning.

Neil Bickley, 45, died the same day as the collision, which took place in Appledore Road in Tenterden.

His family said in a statement Mr Bickley was a "devoted family man and cherished his time with his family".

An appeal for witnesses has been made by Kent police. 

Police officers were called at 5.50am to the area near the garden centre where Mr Bickley, who was a pedestrian on his way to work, had been hit by a black Renault Megane car.

Mr Bickley was taken to the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford where he died later. The car driver was shocked but not injured. The road was reopened just before 9am.

Mr Bickley's family said: "Neil Bickley aged 45 died on January 31 as a direct result of his injuries suffered when he was struck by a car while walking on his way to work.

"He leaves his partner of 20 years and three young children. He was educated at Sevenoaks Prep and Sevenoaks School and later qualified as a Chartered Loss Adjuster and was highly respected in the London Insurance Market.

"Neil was a devoted family man and cherished his time with his family. He will be sadly missed.

"Neil enjoyed various sporting interests particularly golf and country pursuits and also gave so willingly and generously of his time to help and support Tenterden Church of England Junior and Infant schools as a parent governor and as a regular helper at school events.

"Neil also had a strong loving bond with his two brothers Jeff and Anthony and sister Tara, who are devastated by this tragedy as are his mother and father, all of whom have benefitted richly from his immense family commitment and all deeply mourn his untimely death."

A Sevenoaks School spokesman confirmed Mr Bickley attended the school from 1981 to 1984.

She said: "He was well-liked and a keen sportsman. After taking O levels he went on to study at West Kent College."

Theresa Homewood, senior deputy head at Sevenoaks School, added the school was very sad to hear of his death.

Anyone who saw the collision or who was driving along the road just prior to the collision is urged to contact police.

Officers have been told that there was a small white van, possibly a Vauxhall, in the area and it is believed that the driver may have been a witness. Contact the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.



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