Police confirm Morley couple killed in bike smash

NORTH Yorkshire Police have confirmed that a couple killed in a motorbike accident near Tadcaster last week were from Morley.

Dean and Helen Louise Slater, aged 40 and 37, both died in the accident on Wednesday, August 25.

Mr Slater was riding a Yamaha bike and his wife was the pillion passenger when they collied head-on with a car on the slip-road for the A64 from the A162.

The couple had recently moved to Thornton in Bradford.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and have issued an urgent appeal for three vital witnesses to come forward.

They were travelling in company with five other motorcyclists from Bingley to Shipley along the A650, then past Leeds Bradford Airport at Yeadon, travelling to Pool through Arthington towards Harewood on the A658.

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The group then headed from Harewood to Collingham along the A61 before heading to Boston Spa and then Tadcaster when the collision, with a Vauxhall Vectra on a slip road on to the A64 eastbound, occurred.

Traffic Sergeant Julian Pearson, who is leading the enquiry, said: "I am particularly interested in hearing from two joggers who were on the A659 in the area of Newton Kyme and the driver of a Morris Minor which was entering Tadcaster on the A659 outside the primary school.

"The joggers and the car driver had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by members of the group of motorcyclists."

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the manner of riding of the group of motorcycles, especially the joggers and drivers of the Morris Minor, is asked to contact TS Julian Pearson on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12100145983.

The inquests into their deaths were opened and adjourned on Friday, 27 August 2010.