Tributes to Richmondshire rugby player killed in crash on A19

Alex Boorman pictured wit partner Alex Bellard.

Tributes have been paid to a motorcyclist and rugby player who died in a collision on the A19.

Alex Boorman, 27, from Thirsk, who was known as AJ and played rugby for Richmondshire RUFC 2nds, was killed after the motorcycle he was riding was involved a collision with a Vauxhall Viva van on December 7 on the Easingwold Bypass.

The driver of the Vauxhall, a 22-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving, and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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He was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the crash.

Police investigations into the incident are continuing and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

AJ’s partner Alex Bellard paid this tribute to him: “An incredible mind, a beautiful person, both inside and out, and an insatiable appetite for all the experiences life had to offer, AJ held so many people close to him.

“He saw through outward appearances and loved people for who they really were.

“We were all so fortunate to have had his love.

Richmondshire RUFC said in a post on its Facebook page: “Today we paid tribute to a valued 2nd team player, who has only been part of our club for a short time but made a huge impact on and off the pitch to us all.

“AJ was a kind and talented young man, with such a promising future ahead. RIP AJ, you’ll be sorely missed.”

Rugby players and clubs from around the region have sent their condolences.

A member of Darlington Rugby Football Club sent two bottles of port for Richmondshire members to drink in AJ’s memory.

A tribute to AJ from teammates and officials at Richmondshire RUFC.

Dozens of people have left their condolences to Alex’s family, friends and teammates.

One message reads: “So sad to hear the news about AJ.. RIP big lad.”

Another says: “Such a tragic thing to happen, especially to a talented valuable young man.”

There were two passengers in the Vauxhall Viva, a 22-year-old man who was taken to the LGI by air ambulance with serious but not life threatening injuries, and a 17-year-old woman who was taken to York hospital by road ambulance with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who saw either vehicle prior to the collision, is asked to contact police.

Dial 101, press 2 and ask to speak to TC Hamish Halloway or email

Please quote reference number 12170219180 when passing on any information.