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IOW man's family pay tribute after crash

The family of an Isle of Wight man who died in a collision in the New Forest have paid tribute to him.

Michael Smith, 50-years-old, from Freshwater in Isle of Wight, died when he lost control of his motorbike and struck a van travelling in the opposite direction.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at around 10pm on Tuesday July, 2 on the A35 between Ashurst and Lyndhurst.

The road was closed for seven and a half hours while collision investigators examined the scene and recovered the vehicles.

In the family's statement his brother Richard described how much Michael loved life.

Family was always important to Mike and in later years his family was Dee and his dogs whom he loved dearly. The other significant love of Mike's life was his bikes and he could be found tinkering or building a bike of some sort for his next adventure.

I personally feel honoured to have been allowed to have spent time in the company of such a guy as Mike. Ride free my brother."

– Richard Smith, Michael's brother

Teenagers killed in car crash

Two teenagers have died after the car they were travelling in left the road and collided with a tree in West Sussex. The accident happened on the A264 Five Oaks Road near Fulfords Hill last night.

The 18 year old driver died at the scene and a 19 year old passenger died later in hospital. Four teenage boys who were travelling behind the car in another vehicle have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Bordon man killed in motorbike crash

A man from Bordon was killed yesterday when his motorbike collided with a car in Oakhanger, Hampshire.

The 40-year-old motorcyclist crashed with a silver Mitsubshi driven by a 60-year-old man from Alton at 5.15pm.

The rider suffered serious injuries and died shortly after the crash but no-one else was injured and no arrests were made.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit at Fratton are currently investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses.

They are especially keen to talk to the driver of a large silver horse transporter with horses painted on the back of the vehicle.

Surrey Police Transit van crash

A woman who collided with a Surrey Police Transit van was left with serious head and internal injuries.

The 34-year-old woman was taken to Kings College Hospital in London after the Ford Fiesta she was driving hit the white unmarked police van.

The incident happened on Friday June, 28 on the A29 at Warnham, near Horsham and emergency services including West Sussex Fire and Rescue arrived at around 1pm.

The injured woman remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The driver of the van was taken to hospital suffering from shock and minor injuries.

If you witnessed the collision, call 101 quoting Op Kirkby.

Teenager in hospital after car crash

A teenager is in a serious condition following a car crash in East Grinstead yesterday.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene of the collision at Pannell Close at 8.40pm.

A 15-year-old boy was taken to St Georges Hospital, London and is in a stable but serious condition.

The road was closed for several hours whilst investigation work was carried out and I would like to thank drivers for their patience.

– PC Steve Creal, Sussex Road Policing Unit

The 19-year-old driver of the yellow Vauxhall Corsa and her 22-year-old passenger, both from East Grinstead, were unhurt.

Police are asking any witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting Op Leysdown or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk

A2 reopened at Canterbury

Officers are appealing for information following a fatal collision on the A2 near Canterbury on Tuesday.

Kent Police were called at about 1:35pm to a report that a lorry had collided with a bridge on the London bound carriageway near Bishopbourne.

The man driving a Polish-registered Renault lorry died at the scene.

The coast bound carriageway was shut due to debris from the collision in the road until 6.15pm.

The london bound carriageway remained shut until just after midnight to allow emergency services to work at the scene.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact PC Rob Malins at Kent Police by calling 01622 798538

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