A 23-year-old former Cambridge student has died in a road accident on Tyneside.
Paul Brady, who was a student at St. Catharine’s College and graduated last year with a degree in physics, was killed as he cycled to work on the morning of January 18th.
Paul had been taking a year out working as a school lab technician and was planning to take up a place on a Masters Course at Durham University.
Police believe he was hit by a heavy goods vehicle while cycling on the A19. He suffered multiple injuries, and died at around 7.50am.
There is no information as yet regarding the identity of the vehicle’s driver, and police have suggested that it is possible that the driver may not even have been aware that they had hit anyone.
According to the Cambridge News, Paul’s father John appealed for information in a press conference at North Shields.
“Paul was a wonderful young man,” Mr Brady was quoted as saying.
“He had his whole life ahead of him. He died from horrific injuries. His family and friends desperately need to know what has happened.
“If you were there please, please, please contact the police.”
Paul was a keen sportsman, and both rowed and played badminton for his college. He also rowed for the University Lightweights.
Dr. Paul Hartle, Senior Tutor at St. Catharine’s, told The Cambridge Student (TCS): “All of us in the College are deeply saddened by Paul’s death.”
Dr. Hartle added: “He was a talented young scientist and his loss is keenly felt by his many friends in St Catharine’s.”
Lucy Moseley, his college wife last year, said: “Paul was a devoted college husband, a doting college father, and a generous friend.
“He was a very kind man, who always had other people’s interests at heart.”
“Paul would spend hours making from scratch wonderful ‘family meals,” she continued.
“He was the one who remembered the blankets and thermos on our punting trips. He made such an effort with the gatherings we held, bringing nibbles and drinks that he knew we all liked.
“I will look back with fond memories at all the times we shared together, and I will miss him dearly, she said.”
Paul’s funeral will be held funeral will be at the church of Our Lady of Mercy, Castle Chare, Durham on Friday February 1st.
A memorial service will also take place in St. Catherine’s college chapel this Friday at 2pm.