UPDATED: Ex-Leighton teacher dies in road accident

Jan Short, 63, with Toby
Jan Short, 63, with Toby

Tributes have been paid to a former teaching assistant from Leighton Buzzard who was killed on Saturday (July 26) as she tried to cross a road with her dog.

Jan Short, 63, and her pet Toby died in Weymouth, Dorset after they were involved in a collision with a Honda motorbike at about 5pm. The 23-year-old motorcyclist was also killed in the incident.

Before moving to Weymouth, Jan worked at Brooklands School.

A statement released by the family said: “Jan, originally from Leighton Buzzard, moved to Weymouth with her husband Andrew to be closer to their family, after retiring as a teaching assistant 12 months ago.

“Jan and Andrew would have celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in September. Jan was mum to three children, Adam, Emma and Caroline, and nanna to her six adored grandchildren, whom she loved more than we can find words to express at this time.”

Jan’s husband Andrew added: “Jan was the centre of our world and in a split second, tragically taken from us all.

“The love that her young grandchildren will now miss out on is a void we can only hope to fill by finding the strength to pull together as a family.

“Her wonderful spirit, love and enthusiasm will be missed every day by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.”

PC Andy Loveless, of Dorset Police’s traffic unit, said: “Early indications are that the motorcyclist was travelling north, from the Swannery bridge location toward Chafeys roundabout, and the female pedestrian walked out to cross the road into the path of the motorcycle.

“The motorcyclist, the pedestrian and the dog all sadly died as a result of the injuries they received from the collision.

“The road was closed for several hours while police collision investigators carried out a thorough examination at the scene and the public are thanked for their patience while this time consuming but essential process took place.

“I would like to speak to any witnesses that have not already spoken to police and ask them to make contact Dorset Police on 101.”

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