A FATHER of three has died in a go-karting accident in Staincliffe.
Motoring enthusiast Ian Frank Watson was riding a motorised go-kart when it hit a garden wall and a block of flats in Common Road.
Katie Javens, 24, lives in the flat where the accident happened.
She said: “I was taking some cups into the kitchen when I heard what sounded like a scooter noise and then a thud.
“I ran outside and a man from the working men’s club told me to phone an ambulance.
“It’s a tragedy. I keep seeing what happened in slow motion.”
Miss Javens has since seen friends and family lay flowers at the site where the accident happened and laid her own bouquet on Sunday.
She said: “It’s so upsetting. My boyfriend Anthony Moore and I would just like to say how sorry we are to the family.”
Mr Watson, 36, and of Abbey Road, Staincliffe, worked as a plumber in a family business.
Floral tributes to him included a message from his son Jack, 10.
It said: “To the best Dad in the world. Thank you for everything you have done for all of us. Love you. Jack.”
Mr Watson also leaves wife Shelly and daughters Chloe, six, and five-year-old Mia.
Mr Watson’s family was too upset to speak to the Reporter this week, but in a statement described Mr Watson as “a true friend to the end”.
Close friend Louise Hodgson said Mr Watson, known as Knocker, was loved by everyone who knew him.
Another friend, Pam Crook, said: “He was just an amazing person, a number one dad.”
Witnesses should contact police on 01924 293047.