Family’s emotional tribute to QMC worker with ‘infectious smile’ after fatal crash

Tributes have been paid to a father-of-five and Queen’s Medical Centre worker with an “infectious smile” after his death.

Rowan Bailey, 40, from Sandiacre, died after a collision near the Aldi supermarket in Nottingham Road, Stapleford, at around 1.16pm on Friday, August 13.

The “family man”, who had worked in the A&E department of the Nottingham hospital for seven years, later died as a result of his injuries on Wednesday, August 18.

He leaves behind partner Sophie Chester as well as his five children, including his youngest son Oscar, who is 10 months old.

Sophie said: “He worked in the A&E department in Queen’s Medical Centre and I think when they brought him in they quite quickly realised it was one of their own.”

Sophie said a ‘top surgeon’ was brought in to treat Rowan and that he ‘could not have had a better chance’.

She added: “He was very well loved at work. He had such a fantastic sense of humour.

“Lots of his work colleagues and friends put tributes on social media which was nice, they said he would brighten up any day and that sometimes they would leave work after a bad day feeling on top of the world after talking to him.

“Rowan had a fantastic, infectious smile and sense of humour.”

Rowan has been described as a ‘lovely’ family man
(Image: Sophie Chester)

People in Stapleford expressed their shock and sadness after the tragic incident, which rocked the local community.

Sophie and Rowan had been together eight years and she says she will remember him as a “lovely” man who enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family.

“He was a big family man,” Sophie continued.

“He loved spending time with his family. And he was a bit of a geek! He liked collecting comic books.

“I honestly struggle to find the words to describe him. He was such a lovely person. He would do anything for anybody.”

Police said after the crash that they are investigating what happened and are still appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Sergeant Mark Baker, of the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “This was a tragic incident in which a man lost his life far too soon.”

Rowan and 10-month old son Oscar
(Image: Sophie Chester)

“His family are now being supported by specially-trained officers and they have asked for privacy at this difficult time.

“As with all road traffic collisions where people are killed or seriously injured, we are working hard to understand exactly what happened and a full investigation will be undertaken.

“If you witnessed this incident or were travelling along the road immediately before the collision please contact 101 quoting incident 366 of 13 August 2021.

“We are particularly keen to hear from you if you have any dashcam footage of this incident.”


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