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Hornchurch-born man receives award for helping dying teen

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 December 2015

Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards

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A father-of-one who came to the rescue of a teenage cyclist who was hit by a car has received a recognition award for his efforts.

When he took an alternative route back home from work in Derby because of the traffic last year, Hornchurch-born Lee Edwards didn’t think anything of it.

But it was this journey that had life changing consequences.

As the 25-year-old waited at the traffic lights, he saw 18-year-old cyclist Maxx Church get struck by a car, flung into the air and on to the pavement as a black car drove away with his bike dragging behind.

Lee said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing but my instincts kicked in and I just got out of my van and ran over to him while I phoned for an ambulance.

“I think it’s just a natural reaction to want to help somebody who you think is in need.

“When I got over to him, I pulled him on to my knees and tried to keep his head up until the ambulance arrived and then I let them take over.”

The next morning after Maxx had been taken to the Royal Derby Hospital, Lee received a phone call from a police officer who informed him that he sadly died.

He said: “When I heard what happened to him I burst out crying.

“It was hard to come to terms with because I kept thinking that I could have done more, but now I realise that I did all that I could for him and his injuries were just too serious.”

After several witnesses came forward, 24-year-old Conner Lynch, the driver of the black Audi that hit Maxx was sentenced to 20 months in prison and banned from driving for four years.

Judge John Burgess presented Lee and other witnesses with the Derbyshire High Sheriffs Award for their contribution to helping Maxx and the case.

Lee said: “I am very proud of what I did because even though Maxx did die, at least I know I did all that I could of done to help him.”

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