Published: 18:27, 23 July 2021
| Updated: 19:13, 23 July 2021
A motorist who was one of the first on the scene of a fatal crash has told of his and another man's battle to save a biker's life.
Lordswood residents Jon Sefton and partner Hazel Brooks had just left home for a trip to Lakeside on Wednesday evening when they saw the accident happen.
A 36-year-old motorcyclist was in a collision with a Nissan X-Trail at the junction of North Dane Way and Lordswood Lane.
It is understood the car was turning into the lane while the biker – riding a KTM 390 Duke – was heading in the direction of the Luton area.
Mr Sefton, who lives with Hazel in nearby Bromley Close, says he and a man named Shane got out of their vehicles and ran to help.
He said: "I saw it happen and then the adrenaline kicked in, I suppose. It was shocking but I just wanted to help, do anything that I could for him, I just wanted to do something."
While the emergency services – including the air ambulance were called – the two men started to perform CPR and a passing off-duty paramedic stopped to help.
Jon, who is a full-time carer for his partner of 20 years, remained at the scene for two hours while crews did all they could.
He added: "It was just so shocking, the whole thing. I wish I could have done more to help, I keep beating myself up about it.
"But I have had no medical training, me and Shane just did what we thought was right, but it wasn't enough, unfortunately.
"I just wish I could speak to his loved ones to tell them how sorry we are about what's happened and that we couldn't do more.
"I would like them to know that I honestly did my best for their son or father and that he wasn't alone, that my Hazel held his hand."
The 40-year-old dad said he'd been left "disgusted" by passers-by who didn't offer to help and even recorded videos.
He said: "I don't know what is wrong with some people in today's world, I really don't know what they're thinking."
And he says something needs to be done to make the junction safer as he's known 11 accidents in 20 years living there.
"There needs to be a roundabout or speed camera in there, something to help.
"We're talking about people dying or being seriously injured here; it's people's loved ones at risk," he added.
Since the accident, he and Hazel, 43, have battled to eat and sleep and say they're traumatised by the accident.
He said: "My heart goes out to his family, I just want them to know that. I want them to know me and Shane tried to help and that the emergency services did all they could, they really did."
Over the past two days, several bunches of flowers have been left at the scene with tributes to 'Loz'.
One of them reads: "Rest in peace. Gone too early. Sleep well in heaven, be waiting for your old friends for that crazy reunion in the sky. We had the best childhood + teens growing up in our road, memories I'll always treasure."
Yesterday police appealed for information from any potential witnesses in the area at the time.
They were particularly keen to hear from the driver of a white car which stopped soon after the crash.
KentOnline has asked whether there are any updates in the investigation and awaits a response.
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Anyone with information about the fatal crash is urged to call 01622 798538 or email email@example.com quoting reference KH/LB/067/21.