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Roadside tributes to cyclist in fatal crash

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: July 05, 2012

IN MEMORY: Tributes have appeared by the roadside to cyclist Garry Newsam, of Sherborne, who died on Thursday after colliding with a car on the A30.

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FLORAL tributes have been laid by the roadside in memory of a Sherborne cyclist who died after a collision with a car on Thursday.

A cluster of flowers has been placed at the scene of the accident, on the A30 dual carriageway westbound towards Yeovil.

Garry Michael Newsam, 51, died at Yeovil District Hospital on Thursday evening after sustaining fatal injuries when he was in collision with a car at approximately 5.40pm.

Police said a 24-year-old Sherborne man driving a blue Toyota was involved in the collision but no one was arrested.

Niki Taylor, of Stoke-sub-Hamdon, drove past the scene shortly after the accident had taken place.

She said: "I was driving towards Sherborne and saw the aftermath on the other side of the road.

"It was only the next day when I found out what had happened. It's extremely sad news and I was very shocked to hear it. My thoughts are with his family."

Tributes to Mr Newsam have also been paid on Twitter.

On Monday Oliver Herdsman, cyclist and bike mechanic, said: "Very sad to hear that a cyclist died on the A30 near Yeovil last Thursday. People need to stop cycling on that dual carriageway."

An inquest was opened at Blandford at 11.50am on Monday and then adjourned for a date to be set.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw the manner of driving to come forward.

Contact PC 1633 Davis at the Dorset Police traffic department on 01305 222222.

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