Biker David 'will be riding in the stars'
THE family of a city dad-of-six who died in a motorcycle crash have paid tribute to a "wonderful father".
David Collacott died after his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car in Cornwall last weekend.
The Herald reported yesterday how heartfelt messages and floral tributes had been left at the scene of the smash.
Now the 54-year-old's family have paid their own tributes, saying the keen biker will be "riding in the stars".
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In a statement, Mr Collacott's family said he had been "tragically taken" from them.
They added: "David was an amazing partner to Cathy and a wonderful father to Kelly, Charmaine, Naomi, Natasha and Shane, and a grandfather to six wonderful grandchildren.
"His life was his family and his passion for motorbiking.
"David would attend the Mega Ride yearly and often went on weekend pleasure rides with close friends.
"We will all miss him more and more as each day passes.
"Riding in the stars is where you are finally at rest."
Mr Collacott was riding his red Honda motorbike when it was involved in a collision with a burgundy Skoda car last Saturday, September 20.
The crash happened at the junction of the A390 and B3269, to the south west of Lostwithiel, shortly after 2.15pm.
Police said the biker, understood to be from the Austin Farm ares of Plymouth, suffered serious injuries.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted to Derriford Hospital.
Despite the efforts of medical staff he did not regain consciousness and was declared dead later that evening.
The driver of the Skoda was not injured and police say no arrests have been made
However, officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are continuing with their inquiries.
Motorcycle groups, the police and other road safety organisations have recently highlighted the worrying number of accidents involving bikers on the region's roads.
A report by the city branch of the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), using official police figures, found Plymouth to be a biker fatality hotspot, compared to other cities of its size.
Police have appealed for anyone who has information about the incident or who witnessed the moments leading up to the collision to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting log number 475 of September 15.