The family of a cyclist who died after a collision with a lorry on the A66 last week have paid tribute to a "devoted family man" who "will be sorely missed."
Sean Ruff was 61-years-old and from Cleadon village near Sunderland.
“Sean was a devoted family man. He was a hugely committed and highly principled man who gave 100% to everything he did – family, sport, rugby coach, fundraiser and passionate Sunderland supporter.
“He was an avid cyclist and always wore the correct cycling safety equipment and clothing.
“He died doing something he loved and will be sorely missed. We would hope that any witnesses would come forward to assist the police with their enquiries into his tragic death.”
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