Driver who helped struggling Clarke Carlisle dies

PHOTO: NEIL CROSS Clarke Carlisle
PHOTO: NEIL CROSS Clarke Carlisle

A driver who helped a former Blackpool FC and Preston North End player after he tried to take his own life has died.

Chris Kilbride, 24, a father-of-two from Leeds, died on Thursday, according to a Leeds coroner.

He was the driver who went to the aid of Clarke Carlisle after his suicide attempt last year; he later told of the trauma he experienced at seeing the sportstar’s horrific injuries.

The 35-year-old footballer stepped in front of a moving truck on the A64 near York in December, suffering cuts, bruises, internal bleeding, a broken rib and a shattered left knee.

Mr Kilbride was travelling to work in his lorry when he saw Mr Carlisle injured in the road and quickly went to his aid.

Mr Carlisle, who has spoken candidly about his suicide attempt and battle with depression, has reportedly offered his condolences to the family of Mr Kilbride.