M27 motorcyclist death

Police have named the motorcyclist who died in a collision on the M27 on Wednesday.

M27 crash victim named

Victim on motorbike
Robert Simmonds at a scooter rally on the Isle of Wight in 2010 Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released the name of the motorcyclist who died in a collision on the M27 on Wednesday.

He was Robert Simmonds, 49-years-old, of Blackmoor Walk in Havant.

At around 6.40am, the Suzuki Bandit motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a high-sided skip lorry or similar at junction five on the westbound carriageway.

Mr Simmonds was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have released a statement which said: "The family are devastated by this tragic news. Rob was an experienced motorcyclist and loved to live life to the full. He will be missed by everyone who knew him."

Police are continuing their appeal for information about the collision and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed it or saw any vehicle involved prior to it.