'One of a kind' Irishman Sean McKeown killed in London motorcycle crash
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'One of a kind' Irishman Sean McKeown killed in London motorcycle crash

TRIBUTES have been paid to an Irish motorcyclist who died in a collision in London.

Sean McKeown from Ballymena, Co. Antrim was killed when his motorcycle collided with the back of a car in Poplar on Saturday.

Metropolitan Police officers were called at approximately 2.15pm to reports of a collision in East India Dock Road, at the junction with Poplar Bath Street, E14.

London Ambulance Service attended the scene of the accident and took Mr McKeown to a nearby hospital for treatment.

But he sadly passed away from his injuries in hospital at 4.03pm.

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The driver of the car involved in the collision stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

Stunned friends and family took to Facebook to pay tribute to Sean after news of the 29-year old’s tragic death.

Sean’s friend Martine said she was heartbroken that “one of a kind” Sean had passed away.

“I am ever so devastated and heartbroken knowing you are no longer here with us,” she said. “You emitted so much positive energy and light out into this world with your charisma, charm sense of humour and kindness.

"Your cheeky personality, sense of adventure and always up for trying something new is what made you one of a kind.

“You lived life to the fullest, you were living out your dreams. I can't help but question why someone so young, who still had plenty more to see and do could be taken away so soon?”

Another wrote: “Love you pal. What memories we shared and every single one was amazing. I’m really heartbroken.”

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One friend from Australia, where Sean previously worked as a construction worker, posted: “My deepest condolences go out to Sean McKeown family and friends at this time.”

“One of the original D-town members and a global traveller. I’m so sorry to hear of your passing in a bike accident.

“May you rest in peace in heaven and we will meet again soon.”

Sean’s devastated brother Ciaran shared a photo of Sean with his beloved motorcycle and said that his loss had “crushed his family and those around him”.

“Please, please, please be careful out there guys think about who you will leave behind if the worst happens,” he added.

“Ride safe.”

Police have asked anyone who was in the area and witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to the collision, to contact them via 101.

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Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit based at Chadwell Heath in East London are investigating his death.