Longwell Green man dies in crash on A431

Wes Herat

Wes Herat

A Longwell Green man died after his motorbike was in collision with a car on the A431 at Kelston.

The crash happened on Sunday 26th January at 2.40am.  Wes Herat, 22, was returning from his manager’s job at Bath Ales’ pub the Salamander in John Street in Bath when the accident happened.

The Avon Coroner’s Office said that an investigation had been opened into Mr Herat’s death and that an inquest was due to open on Wednesday 19th February.

Mr Herat, who went to Hanham High School and then Oxford Brookes University, leaves parents Anne and Anil and a brother, Nathan.

Flowers and cards have been laid at the scene of the tragedy.  One says: “Too short a time with us but you achieved so much. You were truly loved by your family and your beautiful girlfriend. RIP.”

Another reads:  “Wes, you will be sadly missed by everyone. You are a great friend and a great man. You will always be in our hearts.”

Floral tributes left at the scene of the accident

Floral tributes left at the scene of the accident

Derrick Houldsworth and Antony Grieve, who run the Newspacket in Watsons Road in Longwell Green, had known Mr Herat for years as he had been a paper boy and had also worked in the shop.

They had kept in touch with him and saw him just a few days before he died. They paid tribute to him, saying he was “one of the nicest kids you could wish to meet, lovely, polite and helpful”.

The Salamander also paid tribute to Mr Herat, calling him a “fantastic manager” and a great character.

His funeral will take place at Haycombe in Bath on Monday 17th February.