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

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