The family and colleagues of a North Yorkshire Police officer killed in a motorbike crash paid warm tributes to their ‘rock’ today.
Patrick Casey, 29, was riding his motorcycle when it was involved in a collision on the B1222 between Sherburn in Elmet and Cawood on Sunday, 18 July.
Patrick was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation was launched.
Patrick, who lived in Hull, leaves behind his devoted parents, his cherished brother, sister and nephew, many close friends, loved ones and colleagues from both his time with the police and his former role within the Army Air Corp.
His family have today paid tribute to him, saying: “Unfortunately, Pat passed away whilst doing one of his life’s greatest loves, riding his motorbike – something he loved to do whenever he got a spare moment.”
‘Rest in peace Tricky’
In their statement, Patrick’s family said: “Pat was an absolutely wonderful son and brother. The middle child of three, he was our rock, like a best friend.
“We were, and always will be, incredibly proud of him.
“As well as his motorbike, the other things in life that made Pat happy were his family, friends and watching his favourite rugby team Hull Kingston Rovers.”
He had just started out his career in policing having joined North Yorkshire Police in September 2020, after ten years in the army.
“He spoke regularly about what he had achieved that day, and according to his colleagues, he was incredibly passionate about hel¬ping people, especially the vulnerable.
“He was absolutely buzzing when he was passed to go out on his own.
“He loved working with the team at Scarborough and also kept in touch with the other officers he’d trained with.
“We didn’t know how he found the time to squeeze everything in, he just did.
“That’s what Pat was like in life – there for so many all of the time, a true friend to all.
“Since losing him, we have been absolutely heartbroken and lost without him. He’s left behind a huge hole in our hearts that can never be filled.
“But we have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from family and friends of both ours and Pats. We know he will be missed by so many.
“We can 100% say that heaven has prematurely gained the brightest of new stars.
“Rest in peace Tricky.”
Major Collision Investigator Laura Cleary of North Yorkshire Police said:
“This was a tragic incident which has taken the life of a motorcyclist and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this incredibly sad time.
“Our investigation remains ongoing as we work to establish the circumstances leading up to the collision.
If you have any information or dash-cam footage that you think could help the investigation, and police haven’t yet spoken to you, please email [email protected] from the Major Collision Investigation team or call 101 quoting reference number 12210162540.