December 5 2013 Latest news:
Amanda Nunn and Ramzy Alwakeel
Monday, September 2, 2013
The best friend of the man who died from his injuries after a horrific motorbike crash, said life will not be the same without him.
Michael Albert, 64, of Carnforth Gardens, Elm Park died on Thursday after he lost control of his motorbike while driving on the A12 three days previously.
After 10 hours in surgery and sustaining horrific injuries from the crash, he was pronounced dead on Thursday at 5.17pm.
His friend Pete Capon, 50, met Mr Albert more than 30 years ago and said he was a good friend and family man.
Mr Capon said: “He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, instantly likable, generous hearted and a real charmer. He never had a bad word say about anyone and always had time for life’s waifs and strays.”
Mr Albert had three children and had been married for more than 40 years.
He was left in critical condition after he lost control of his Suzuki motorbike and collided with the central reservation at junction 30 near the Suffolk border.
Mr Capon said: “He was a motorbike fan. After his kids flew the coop he got back into motor biking and did lots of rides in the UK and would go to the continent once a year. He was young at heart and always had lots of time for people.”
He said that Mr Albert had broken legs and arms as well as tears to his heart, lung and bowel.
“Even if he had survived he might not have been the person we knew,” Mr Capon added. “It’s a big shock.”
Mr Albert worked for the gas board and become a bus driver before going back to working as a gas man. He was due to get his pension next year.
“Life will not be the same without him and he will be sorely missed by all of his friends and family,” Mr Capon added.
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