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M11 hit-and-run crash: Wife of motorcyclist pays tribute to 'much-adored husband'

Steve Lord was killed in the crash. Credit: Essex Police

The wife of a motorcycle enthusiast who was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the M11 has described him as a "much-adored husband" and "doting grandfather."

Motorcyclist Steve Lord, 63, died at the scene after he was a hit by a car on the southbound carriageway near Stansted Airport at around 5am on January 16.

A 37-year-old man from Harlow was recently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

There were long tailbacks in the area after the crash. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“Steve was a much-adored husband of 40 years, a proud father of two daughters, and a doting grandfather of two grandsons, aged three and one," Steve's wife Diane said.

“He was a life-long motorcycle and classic car enthusiast. He had been riding and restoring motorcycles for 45 years, and had won a number of awards for restoring custom and classic cars. He was an active member of the Kawasaki Triples Club.

“Steve loved being surrounded by his family, especially his playful grandsons. He was aiming to retire in the coming years and planned to enjoy his free time with family, both at home and on holiday in Spain.

“He will be remembered for his warmth, his generosity, his storytelling, and his wicked sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved him."