Tributes as Plymouth man Nathan Kendall, 20, dies in bike accident
TRIBUTES have been paid to a motorcycle passenger killed in a crash yesterday.
Named locally as Nathan Kendall, the 20-year-old from Plympton, pictured, died at 7am on Alexandra Road, Mutley.
It is not yet known what caused the crash which happened after the city saw temperatures plunge close to freezing overnight.
The popular Babcock employee was described as 'kind, caring and genuine' in one of scores of tributes left on a special page set up on Facebook.
The site had attracted more than 800 followers by late last night.
The page read: "Nathan Kendall; One of the most kind, caring, genuine and funny lads you'd ever meet. Rest in peace, Gone but never forgotten! Always in our heads and our hearts. You will be greatly missed by many. Sleep tight heavens got a special star tonight."
Cherish Kendall, Nathan's sister, said: "Sleep tight baby bro! I miss you so much and knowing I will never see you again breaks my heart. You are/were amazing. You made us all so proud and I am so happy that I can and always will call you my brother! You will be the brightest star in the sky! I will love you always and will miss you forever and a day! :( sleep tight nath! Your only sister, Cherish! Xxx"
Nathan's family were to too distraught to speak about their loss yesterday evening.
The driver of the bike, a 21-year-old man from Elburton, was taken to Derriford Hospital with a serious arm injury.
Police said only one vehicle was involved in the accident – a Honda motorcycle.
Officers said the pillion passenger suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.
Formal identification has not taken place although next of kin have been informed, police said.
Officers from the Force Serious Collisions Investigation Unit launched an investigation.
The busy Alexandra Road was closed during the rush hour and remained closed all morning.
Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the collision or the motorcycle travelling in the area around 7am yesterday.
Anyone who can help should contact police on 101, quoting log number 78 of 6/11/12.