Family pay tribute to ‘warm, kind and giving’ Honiton man who died following a collision near Colyford

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THE family of a motorcyclist who died following a collision near Colyford have paid tribute to the ‘warm, kind and giving’ man.

Richard Earnshaw, 33, from Honiton, died in hospital following a serious collision at Heathfield Cross, near Colyton, at around 3.45pm on Sunday, June 11th.

The family of Richard have made the following tribute: “The sudden and unexpected loss of Rich has been extremely difficult to comprehend and come to terms with. He was such a warm, kind and giving person and has left a massive hole in all our lives and hearts. He loved all his friends and family unconditionally.

“Rich was a guy who once you met for the first time made you feel comfortable and familiar. The kind of guy you would want to share pint or two with! He was an integral part of his family and the glue that held us all in place. Gone within the blink of an eye but never ever forgotten. It will be hard to move on from this.

“All the messages his family have had from friends and well wishes have been incredibly moving and humbling. In these sombre times support like this restores faith in human nature and to know the love that exists out there for Rich has certainly helped to fathom his loss.

“His family have set up a crowdfunding page for any friends or well-wishers to help towards giving this ‘true gent’ the send-off he deserves. You can view the page at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/frank-earnshaw.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which involved a white Iveco Daily Panel Van and a white Triumph Dayton 675R motorcycle.

The Triumph was on the main A3052 heading from Lyme Regis towards Colyford in the company of another motorcyclist on a Yamaha YZF R1 and the Iveco van was travelling from a minor road at Heathfield Cross.

The van driver, a 69-year-old man from Axminster, was not injured. The second motorcyclist, from Exeter, was not involved in the collision.

Officers from Exeter Roads Policing Team and the Serious Collision Investigation Team attended the scene.

The road was closed for six hours while officers carried out an examination of the scene.

Police are appealing for further witnesses to come forward and information can be passed via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101, quoting log number 0592 of 11/06/17.

Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Chard & Ilminster Reporter | After studying for his NCTJ in Bournemouth, Peter started with the paper in June 2015 on a freelance basis, now permanently based in East Devon covering community and council news.

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