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Young Father's Family Pay Tribute Following Tragic Accident

Thursday November 14 2013


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THE family of a young father who died after the off-road motorbike he was riding crashed into a wall has paid tribute to a 'loving, family man' who enjoyed taking his two daughters to the seaside.

Popular Craig Baker, 26, died on October 30 after testing out the bike near a Carlton scrapyard where he worked.

It had been fixed the previous weekend and he had wanted to wait until the weather improved before trying it.

His partner Carly Green, with whom he has children, Keira, five, and Lacey, three, said he doted on his family and worked hard to look after and protect them.

Carly, 24, said: "He was the best and he was a good dad to the kids. He loved us doing things together and taking the kids to the seaside.

"In August, he threw a big party for the girls' birthdays with a bouncy castle. He was just a lovely lad. We were always teasing each other.

"He left me with two precious gifts and I will remind the kids every day of how lovely their dad was."

Craig and Carly had been together for six years and met when she moved next door.

Craig grew up on Leslie Road and attended Hunningley Lane Primary and Elmhurst, which is now Barnsley Academy.

The couple had lived at Birkwood Avenue since 2010.

Carly said he had wanted to take part in off-road bike trials with a friend.

"He was excited to go on the bike, he'd been waiting for the rain to stop. It was the first chance he'd had to go on it.

"That morning the sun was shining and he couldn't resist. His workmate said he was so excited to have a go.

"He had gone to work and it was just a normal day. We never thought anything like that would happen."

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Reply Posted by Scott Leatt on Thursday November 14 2013 at 12:26
R.I.P Craig pal you will be missed by a lot of people you was a good lad never forget ya pal we all ad some laughs. :-( x

Reply Posted by Mum of three on Thursday November 14 2013 at 13:31
Such a shame.

Reply Posted by Truth and Justice on Thursday November 14 2013 at 13:58
Didn't realise there was a off-road track on Bolder Bridge Lane ??? Why don't we say it as it is, the bike was being ridden illegally on a public road. If its an off-roader there would be no mot, no insurance and what the hell was he thinking, he has five kids and a partner. Not the first off-roader to be killed in Barnsley, not saying anyone deserves to be killed, but please others learn from this !!! RIP

Reply Posted by LOST FOR WORDS on Thursday November 14 2013 at 14:59
Sad news from a fellow biker..where the heck does it say the biker had 5 kids,and what does it matter..from what I have read on the posts,he seemed a very much like kid and sensible....RIP!!

Reply Posted by michelle on Thursday November 14 2013 at 16:28
as quoted above "he was testing out the bike near a carlton scrap yard were he worked" thes plenty of walls outside scrap yards that are off the main road!!! he was sensible enough to wait till the weather picked up before he went out and tested it, so whats to say he was being stupid or foolish riding it on a main road?? if he was sensible enough to test it in correct weather conditions then im sure he was also sensible enough to test it away from the main road too.... i dont no this kid but i feel for his family and its such a tragic loss that hes gone... r.i.p craig

Reply Posted by michelle on Thursday November 14 2013 at 16:28
as quoted above "he was testing out the bike near a carlton scrap yard were he worked" thes plenty of walls outside scrap yards that are off the main road!!! he was sensible enough to wait till the weather picked up before he went out and tested it, so whats to say he was being stupid or foolish riding it on a main road?? if he was sensible enough to test it in correct weather conditions then im sure he was also sensible enough to test it away from the main road too.... i dont no this kid but i feel for his family and its such a tragic loss that hes gone... r.i.p craig

Reply Posted by michelle on Thursday November 14 2013 at 16:28
as quoted above "he was testing out the bike near a carlton scrap yard were he worked" thes plenty of walls outside scrap yards that are off the main road!!! he was sensible enough to wait till the weather picked up before he went out and tested it, so whats to say he was being stupid or foolish riding it on a main road?? if he was sensible enough to test it in correct weather conditions then im sure he was also sensible enough to test it away from the main road too.... i dont no this kid but i feel for his family and its such a tragic loss that hes gone... r.i.p craig

Reply Posted by mx,racer. on Thursday November 14 2013 at 19:49
sad what happened,but not sure if theres such a thing as correct weather condions to be testing a off road bike anywhere other than on a proper mx,enduro pratice track..good or bad weather the young dad may still be alive..r.i.p

Reply Posted by @truth on Thursday November 14 2013 at 23:16
Majority of Boulder Bridge lane is privately owned by the association of scrap metal
Dealers. So legally he was sort of legal on that road. However there are 8 wheelers and articulated trucks on and out of yards down there so not the best place. Plus Tarmac is the worst for mx bikes due to the style of tyres. On that note though My heart is with his family and kids. Such a shame. RIP pal. (Fellow mx rider)

Reply Posted by RIP on Monday November 18 2013 at 20:09
Rip Craig didn't know you that well but was there at your funeral was a moving service my thoughts and prayers are with Carly and the two young beautiful daughters he left behind x

Reply Posted by Choice on Monday November 18 2013 at 22:45
To wear a helmet is a choice, Fred Hill died in custordy for this choice. If you have a family and are a biker you make that choice!!! Wear the helmet and the leathers, protect ya self and live to raise ya children to do the same!!!!

Reply Posted by craigs cousin on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 02:18
R.I.P cousin you was a great dad ill miss you, uncle dennis is being strong and carly and the girls too love you :)

Reply Posted by gill on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 16:54
@truth and justice read the story 1 he did not have 5 kids he had 2 and i guess you have never done anything wrong in your life thought so he was a great person so keep ya thoughts to youself !!! rip craig

Reply Posted by Craig's cousin on Sunday December 1 2013 at 15:38
RIP Craig you was an amazing cousin and a great dad I'm gunna miss you but just to know your looking down on us all and a specially your two daughters rip love you loads xxxxxxx

Reply Posted by craigs cousen kirsty hargreaves on Sunday January 5 2014 at 17:55
R.i.p cuz .... There is not a day goes by that i dont think of u miss u loadz + love u loads xxxxxxx

Reply Posted by jess phillips on Thursday October 9 2014 at 19:10
Some of the comments underneath this are completely.uncalled for, my uncle was a sensible man and none of you know the reasons in which he died. Or the injuries he had all you have read is a petty article in a newspaper. He loved his two beautiful girls and his fiance more than life itself and that day he didnt know that by the end of the morning hed be on heavens doorstep. He was such an insperational young man and still to this day i am proud to call him my uncle. I miss you so much grease monkey. Fly safe we will meet again xo