Family "desperate for answers" following doctor's death

Date: Friday 31st March 2017
Dr. Simon Newell
Dr. Simon Newell

THE family of a renowned doctor who died in a cycling accident on a Lakeland mountain pass have paid tribute to him.

The statement from the family of Dr. Simon James Newell, follows an inquest into his death held yesterday in Cockermouth.

The married father-of-three lost his life on 10th August on Newlands Pass.

Dr. Newell, from Leeds, was a regular visitor to the Lake District and had a holiday home at Braithwaite, near Keswick.

The family said: “We have all been devastated by Simon’s passing and his frail parents are struggling to carry on. He was widely respected in the medical profession and his loss has left a massive hole in the sphere he worked in.

“Simon spent much of his productive career administering intensive care to very sick babies, many of whom, now young adults, have written in appreciation. "Ironically, he was adept in the emergency care he could not receive due to the circumstances and injuries sustained in this tragic accident. We would like to thank our immediate neighbours in Braithwaite for their support.”

Jennifer Maloney, a serious injury specialist lawyer from Slater and Gordon, which is representing the family, said: “The tragic loss of Dr. Newell has deeply affected not only his family, but the medical profession in which he was such a widely respected figure. His family are desperate for answers and I hope that the inquest will go some way to aid them in rebuilding their lives.”

See the Herald tomorrow for a full report from the inquest.