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Family of biker Craig Smart killed in A326 Marchwood bypass collision remember 'selfless family man'

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a “strong, devoted and selfless family man” who was one of two motorcyclists killed in a collision with a van on the A326 Marchwood bypass.

Father-of-six Craig Smart (38), from Gosport, and 49-year-old Simon Ashworth, from Warsash, were involved in a smash with a Mercedes Sprinter near Twiggs Lane last Wednesday morning.

Paramedics and police were called to the scene at around 6.15am, but Yamaha rider Mr Smart and Honda rider Mr Ashworth died from their injuries.

Craig Smart
Craig Smart

In a statement, Mr Smart’s family said: “Craig was a strong, devoted and selfless family man who always put the needs of others above his own.

“He was a loving husband, a supportive dad to his six kids, and a wonderful son and brother. He was also a brilliant mate to so many whose lives he touched.

“Craig embodied a philosophy of living life to the fullest and was happiest when he was riding about on his motorbike, sailing up and down the Solent on his boat Pugwash, fishing and kayaking at Stokes Bay and Lee-on-the-Solent and above all, spending time with his family and friends.”

Police at the scene of the collision (photo: Chris Balcombe)
Police at the scene of the collision (photo: Chris Balcombe)

They added: “He will be sorely missed and ever-so-fondly remembered by all those he knew, who will treasure the memories they hold of a truly great man.”

Donna Jones, Hampshire police and crime commissioner, said: “I was saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of two men on the A326 last week, and whilst we await the results of the investigation into this particular incident, it certainly highlights the importance of making sure our roads are as safe as they can be for all."

Officers are still calling for witnesses to come forward, including those who may have dash cam footage as they continue to investigate the collision.

They also want to hear from those who may have seen the three vehicles travelling in the area beforehand.

Those with information should contact the force on 101, quoting incident reference number 44210400737. Details can also be submitted online at https://bit.ly/30d5Fvm

A fundraising page has also been set up to help the families of the motorcyclists, visit https://gofund.me/6fe8e8a3

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