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Family of Polish dad Krystian Cadler killed in bike accident launch £5,000 appeal to send his body home

By Angela Rainey and Nevin Farrell

Published 17/05/2016

Krystian Cadler and his girlfriend Monika
Krystian Cadler and his girlfriend Monika
Krystian Cadler’s brother Grzegorz places flowers on the Agivey Road near Kilrea
Krystian Cadler’s distraught girlfriend Monika Bielska
The memorial to the young father
Michelle Knight-McQuillan

The family and friends of a young Polish father killed in a motorcycling accident have launched an appeal to repatriate his body back to his homeland.

Krystian Cadler died in the crash while on the way back to his home in Kilrea from the North West 200 on Saturday.

More than £5,000 is needed to return and bury the father-of-one in Swiecie in his native Poland.

Yesterday his grieving partner Monika Bielska and brother Grzegorz Cadler made an emotional visit to the scene to erect a cross in his memory and lay flowers.

Ms Bielska, who lives at The Diamond in Kilrea, and Mr Cadler made the heartbreaking journey to the spot at Agivey Road near Aghadowey where the accident happened.

A distraught Ms Bielska laid flowers at the scene while Grzegorz attached the cross onto a fence in memory of his younger brother, who was just 19 years old.

Monika has a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Olivia, with Krystian.

Friends say the heartbroken mother is trying to comfort the youngster.

Yesterday Monika was too upset to talk to the media, but she paid a loving tribute on Facebook.

She posted a photo of her with her partner, saying: "I love you forever."

She also wrote in Polish on Facebook: "You were, are, and you will always be in my heart! I can't describe in words what I feel, how I miss you. I love you with all my heart, nothing, nobody ever will (fill) that void. If you could come back to us."

Grzegorz wrote on Facebook that he witnessed the fatal collision, saying as a result of his injuries Krystian died at the scene, and friend Lukasz Warchol, who was steering the machine he was riding pillion on, was transported by helicopter to hospital in Belfast.

"All this happened in front of me riding in the back of the column," said Grzegorz.

Yesterday a spokesman for the Belfast Health Trust said Lukasz was in a "stable" condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

In Kilrea yesterday, at Krystian's home, friend Karolina Wierzbowska paid tribute to him.

She was there helping to comfort Monika.

She said: "We are all very sad at what has happened. Krystian was very kind and would have done anything for anybody. He was very helpful.

"He loved motorbikes and was returning from the North West 200. He worked at Woodland, the furniture makers in Rasharkin."

Michelle Knight-McQuillan, mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, lives near to the scene of the accident.

She offered her sympathies to the family.

"It is a tragedy in any circumstances, but when the families are in another country it always makes it that more difficult with the arrangements that have to take place afterwards," she said.

"It's been a difficult weekend on the roads and my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two young men who were killed, and indeed the rider who was seriously injured.

"There was a sombre mood yesterday hearing what had happened, that another young life has been lost.

"Everyone I spoke to said they felt for this young man's family, they are all in our prayers at such a difficult time."

Inspector Ian Armour has appealed to anyone who was travelling on the Agivey Road at approximately 5pm and may have witnessed the incident to contact the PSNI on the non-emergency number 101.

Donations can be made at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/gregor-cadler

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