Tributes to pedestrian after Kirkby motorcycle collision

Scene on Kingsway after motorcycle accident.
Scene on Kingsway after motorcycle accident.

Tributes have been paid to a ‘well-loved gentleman’ who died after being hit by a motorcycle on a Kirkby road.

Heimn Karim Kakarash (41) of Moseley Road, Annesley, was seriously injured in the incident on Kingsway in Kirkby on Wednesday night.

Heimn Karim Kakarash (41) of Moseley Road, Annesley,

Heimn Karim Kakarash (41) of Moseley Road, Annesley,

Police closed off a section of Kingsway, from the junction of Grives Lane up to the junction with Western Avenue, following the accident at around 6.20pm.

The motorcyclist sustained minor injuries, but Mr Kakarash - who had been on foot- had serious head injuries and was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

It was confirmed on Friday afternoon that he had passed away.

His partner, Elaine Geddes, said they would have celebrated their 10-year anniversary together this week.

She said: “It’s so hard, he was such a well known and likeable man, the people of Kirkby are used to seeing him.

He was such a lovely well-loved gentleman, a very quiet, family-orientated man and was a very kind and caring person.

“On Wednesday, he’d had his tea and it was a lovely day, so he said he was going out for a walk and get some gas and electricity, but he never made it.

“It’s just so hard to believe, I looked after him and he looked after me. I could not have wished for a better person. I was able to stay with Heimn when he passed away.

“After the CT scan they knew it was inevitable that he would pass away, he had such serious head injuries.”

Mr Kakarash was originally from the Kurdistan region of Iraq but moved to Britain in 2000. He met Elaine in July 2003 in Nottingham.

Registered blind, but with partial vision in one eye, he was a keen walker and went swimming every day.

Elaine described the tributes she has received since the accident as ‘phenomenal’.

“They’re coming in left, right and centre,” she said.

“I took over 31 calls the next day from people.

“Friends and neighbours have been marvellous, and so have the police and the paramedics who treated him, they did everything they could. The consultant even stayed with me when he passed away.”

A sympathy card was even sent to Elaine from the H2 Fitness gym in Nottingham, where Heimn trained.

Chad spoke with general manager of the gym, Bernadette Clarke, who said: “He must have come here three or four times a week, if not more.

“All the members knew him because he was such a pleasant guy. It was a complete shock to us, especially when he had seen him earlier that day. He was always chatting with staff.”

Police are continuing their probe into the incident, and are still appealing for witnesses who can contact them on the non-emergency number, 101. No other details of the accident have been released.

Meanwhile, Mr Kakarash’s body has been repatriated back to his family in Iraq, although Elaine said a memorial service was being planned.

She added: “Because he’s been taken back to Iraq, we can’t have a funeral, but hopefully a memorial service might give a bit of closure.”