Northumberland twin warns motorcyclists to wear helmets after his brother died in freak bike accident

Mystery surrounds the death of twin Matthew O'Donovan who was found unconscious on a disused railway line near Lynemouth, Northumberland

Thomas John O’Donovan the twin brother of Matthew O’Donavan, inset

Grieving identical twin Thomas John O’Donovan has warned motorcylists about the dangers of not wearing a helmet.

The stark alert comes just days after his brother Matthew was killed in a mystery motorbike crash.

Matthew was found unconscious on a disused railway line that runs from Lynemouth Road, in Ellington, Northumberland, towards the coast by two walkers.

The exact circumstances surrounding the crash are not yet known but a motorbike was found nearby.

Today twin brother Thomas John said: “I would always tell people to wear a helmet now. If Matthew was wearing a helmet then it might have saved his life.”

Matthew was found in the early hours of Saturday morning and the last time Thomas John saw his brother alive was on the night before.

Medics at Wansbeck Hospital fought to save the former Duchess High School pupil who suffered spinal injuries and swelling on the brain but he died on Thursday morning. Thomas John was at his bedside when he passed away.

Thomas John said: “The police were banging on my door on Saturday morning. They told me he had been in a bad accident. I was there when he died. I stayed at the hospital for the full five days he was there.”

Northumbria Police are investigating the incident and have arrested a man in connection with it.

He has been released on bail.

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