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'He loved life!' road death victim Andrew Peniston's girlfriend

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Known for his outgoing personality and his love for life, tributes poured in with condolences yesterday for the family of 51-year-old Andrew Peniston, who died as a result of a fatal road crash.

The Smith's parish resident sustained serious injuries in a single vehicle collision on North Shore Road, near the junction with Barker's Hill in Devonshire around 12.10am on Sunday.

A police spokesman said: “The motorcycle he was riding apparently collided with a traffic island.

He was initially treated at the scene before being taken to King Edward VII Memorial via ambulance where he was pronounced dead by an on call doctor at 12.30am.

His long time partner Sasha Taalibdin said last night, she will never forget that fateful phone call.

“I didn't know really until I got to the hospital, they didn't tell me on the phone. We have a six-year-old daughter and I had to take her to the hospital with me,” said Ms Taalibdin.

“It was hard dealing with something like this with a young child with you. It hasn't really sunk in for her but she understands what has happened and it was hard for me as well.

“Andy and I have been together for 12 years, he was the very biggest part of my life for a long time, and I'm trying my best to deal with this.”

Mr Peniston worked as a groundsman at Tucker's Point Golf Club since 2002.

Said Ms Taalibdin: “He had many friends, he was an open person known at the life of every party. He loved life, he loved his family and friends and his children.

“I'm going to miss him; and so will a lot of people.”

In addition to his youngest child, he leaves behind four children from two previous marriages, three boys and two girls — two teenagers and two in their 20s.

Tributes were posted on Facebook throughout the day Mr Peniston's picture posted by a number of residents once they heard the news of his tragic death.

“I will be meeting with the family and children to make funeral arrangements. I'm doing my best but I must say I have been inundated with phone calls and visitors which is comforting,” said Ms Taailibdin.

“I want to thank them all, it's all just so overwhelming, you don't think about things like this when you're listed as the next of kin. I got the phone call from the hospital around 12.45am.”

Meanwhile, the police spokesman added: “A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to Mr Peniston's family to assist them at this tragic time.

“The investigation into this fatal collision is ongoing and any witnesses or anyone with any information should contact Pc Roger Fox at the Roads Policing Unit on 295-0011.

“The Bermuda Police Service extends condolences to the family and friends of Mr Peniston.”

Andy Penniston

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Published January 07, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 07, 2013 at 8:36 am)

'He loved life!' road death victim Andrew Peniston's girlfriend

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