THE heartbroken girlfriend of a born-again biker killed in a head-on smash said today: “I feel like someone has strangled my heart.”
Penny Bell’s partner Kim Broomhead, aged 51, of Cliff Street, Sharrow, Sheffield, had reignited his passion for motorbiking just seven months ago.
The father-of-two died after suffering catastrophic head injuries when he was thrown from his new bike in a collision with cyclist Matthew Hook on the A621 Dronfield to Baslow road.
Matthew, 28, who lived in Sheffield city centre, also died in the tragedy - which happened as he was cycling towards Baslow, and Kim was riding towards Sheffield.
Kim’s partner Penny, a 41-year-old mum-of-three, said she was devastated.
“I feel like someone has strangled my heart, I feel like I can’t breathe,” she said. “I can’t believe this has happened. Kim was the perfect gentleman in every way - beautiful inside and out.”
She said Kim took up riding again only in February, and had owned his new bike for just a couple of weeks.
“He loved his bike - he was always cleaning and polishing it, it was his pride and joy,” she said.
Kim’s mum Sheila Broomhead, who has visited the crash site with Penny to lay flowers, said motorbikes were her son’s passion - and appealed to Sheffield’s biker community to form a cavalcade next week to accompany Kim’s coffin to his funeral.
“He would love all his friends being there on their bikes - it would be the perfect tribute to him,” she said.
Sheila said Kim rode motorbikes regularly when he was younger, but stopped when he married and started a family.
“He only took it up again a few months ago, so he died doing what he loved,” she said.
“Biking was his life, and I get some comfort from that, but I will never get over it.”
Recalling the moment she found out her only son was dead, Sheila said: “I used to say ‘be careful’ every single day he went out on his bike, and I did on the morning he died.
“I was worried sick when he never came home, and when I saw the police at my door I knew he was dead.”
She said Kim, a father-of-two, was the ‘happiest he had been for years’.
“That’s what is so heartbreaking - he had everything to look forward to and he was really enjoying life,” she said.
Sheila, who also has a daughter, Dawn, 53, added: “Everyone must say they have the perfect son, but I really did - he was absolutely magic.”
Biker friends wishing to escort Kim’s coffin to City Road Crematorium on the day of his funeral - next Friday, October 7 - should meet on Cliff Street at 10.45am. The service will start at 11.15am.
n Witnesses to the crash at 12.50pm on Sunday, or anyone with information, should call the Derbyshire Police collision investigation unit - 0345 123 3333.