Tributes left to grandad, 54, killed in bike crash
TRIBUTES have been left at the scene of a crash where a city grandfather suffered fatal injuries.
The 54-year-old, who has not yet been named by police, died after his red Honda motorbike collided with a burgundy Skoda car at the junction of the A390 and B3269 to the south west of Lostwithiel, shortly after 2.15pm on Saturday.
The man, understood to be from the Austin Farm area of Plymouth, suffered what police described as 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 deceased later that evening.
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The driver of the Skoda was not injured and police say no arrests have been made although officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit were continuing with their inquiries.
Flowers and cards have been laid at the scene of the incident by friends and family of the biker.
One heartfelt note left at the crash scene, signed from Ben, read: "Granddad, I know I'll never see you again but I will in my mind. You will be in everybody's mind and soul."
In recent months motorbike groups, police and road safety organisations have highlighted the distressing number of motorbike injuries and fatalities on roads in the South West.
A report by the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), using figures from the police, found Plymouth to be a biker fatality hotspot, compared to other cities of its size.
Last month the Plymouth branch of MAG organised Plymouth On the Road event in a bid to drive down the death toll among city bikers.
The same month Cornwall Council published its motorcycle collision and casualty statistics for the county.
It noted that in 2011 there were 206 personal injury collisions involving motorcycles on Cornwall's roads.
Seven riders were killed and 190 injured while ten pillion passengers were also injured.
In response the council launched a number of campaigns including 'Think Bike' and 'Think Biker, Biker Think' to raise awareness of the vulnerability of motorcyclists among all groups of road users.
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 15/09/12.