Family urge any witnesses of fatal Fareham crash to come forward

Julie Corben with her granddaughter Maisie
Julie Corben with her granddaughter Maisie
  • The family of Julie Corben are urging witnesses to come forward
  • The grieving relatives say they cannot get closure until they know what happened
  • Tributes have also been paid to the ‘gorgeous’ and ‘inspirational’ woman
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GRIEVING relatives of a woman who lost her life in a motorbike accident are urging witnesses to come forward.

Julie Corben was involved in a fatal accident on The Avenue, in Fareham, just a day after getting her new Harley Davidson.

We need closure and we can’t rest until we know the truth.

Jodie Elliott

The 55-year-old had been a biker for 20 years and the bike was the second Harley Davidson she had owned.

Her family have spoken to The News for the first time since the incident urging any witnesses to speak to police.

Daughter Jodie Elliott said: ‘We want any witnesses who might have seen the crash to come forward. Even if you think it’s only something small, it’s all so important.

‘We need to know the truth. The grief we all are feeling is the worst feeling in the world and the whole family is struggling to come to terms with this.

‘We need closure and we can’t rest until we know the truth.

‘We all know my mum was the most sensible and careful rider. She’s not here to defend herself so anyone who can help us, we would be eternally grateful.’

The family of Mrs Corben, from Fareham who had recently moved to Hook Lane, in Warsash, described her as being gorgeous, incredible and inspirational.

Paying tribute in letters given to The News, Jodie said: ‘You are my best friend, my rock and the most incredible lady I know.

‘Thank you for a lifetime of memories, for a lifetime of happiness and for being the best mum and nanny I could ever ask for.

‘You will be in my thoughts and heart until the day I take my last breath.

‘Ride free my gorgeous, happy mum.’

Jodie’s four-year-old daughter Maisie also paid tribute to her grandmother calling her ‘my best friend’ and ‘my best nanny’.

Mrs Corben’s other daughter Jade said about her mum: ‘You are my inspiration.

‘You had an amazing life even though it was cut short.

‘I knew you were happy. There won’t be a day that passes that I won’t be thinking of you.

‘I miss you so much, ride in paradise.’

Nicos, Mrs Corben’s son, said he would always be thinking of her and she was forever in his heart.

Mrs Corben and her husband Chris would often go out on their bikes together. It is these memories Chris will remember most.

He said about her: ‘No-one will ever know how much you meant to me, you are my best friend.

‘All I can see is your smiling face riding up Butser Hill and around the ring road in Paris. You were so happy when you rode and such an experienced rider. You loved your kids, your motorbikes and little Maisie so very much.

‘I will never forget all those happy years we spent together. I wish we had more.’

He also said he would remember fondly watching motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi with Julie.

Other family members also paid tribute.

Her parents called her a ‘precious daughter, much loved’ while her niece Sophie said she was an ‘incredibly strong woman’.

Her siblings John and Jackie, along with their families also paid tributes saying they cannot believe they won’t see her again.

Mrs Corben died when her black bike was involved in a crash with a blue Fiat Doblo on Monday, June 15 at around 1pm.

The vehicles were at the set of traffic lights at the junction of The Avenue and Catisfield Road, in Fareham, near the Oast and Squire pub.

Sergeant Adrienne Jerram said: ‘We would like to thank members of the public who have contacted us with information in relation to this investigation.

‘We continue to appeal for witnesses to the collision.

‘Anyone with information can contact the Serious Collision Investigation unit on 101, quoting Operation Proof.’