Julia Howson tributes: 'Our loving mother lived life to the full'
TRIBUTES have been paid to a cyclist who died three days after being knocked off her bike.
Mother-of-two Julia Howson, from Westbury Park, Newcastle, right, suffered serious head injuries when she was involved in a collision with a van as she rode through Hanchurch village.
The 51-year-old lost her fight for life at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UNHS) on Tuesday night.
Her two children Lindsay, aged 22, and Matthew, aged 17, are being supported by specially trained officers.
In a statement, they said: "We would like to pay tribute to our wonderful and loving mother, Julia, who lived life to the full in every way.
"She will be deeply missed, after being tragically taken from us and many dear family and friends.
"The family would like to thank the medical team at the UHNS on the Critical Care Unit for their efforts during this difficult time."
Julia had been riding her bike along Drayton Road, Hanchurch, near Dog Lane when she collided with a silver Volkswagen Crafter van at around 9.55am on Saturday.
She was treated at the scene before being transferred to hospital shortly before 10am.
The driver of the van was uninjured and the road was closed for two hours while police officers investigated the collision.
Councillor Andrew Fear, who represents Westbury Park on Newcastle Borough Council, said: "I was very sad to learn of the incident. I'm a cyclist myself and I know the vulnerability and danger that cycling sometime brings.
"My heartfelt sympathies go out to Julia's children and her nearest and dearest at such a difficult time."
Fellow councillor Chloe Mancey added: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic incident. I'd like to offer my deepest sympathies to Julia's family and friends."
Police are now calling for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "Sadly, the female cyclist seriously injured during the collision has since died.
"Officers are re-appealing for witnesses to come forward."
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Matt Lovatt at Staffordshire Police on 01785 234094 or 101, quoting incident number 217 of January 5.
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