THE devastated family of Pontefract biker Colin Milton – who died after a crash in Knottingley last week – say his death will leave a “gaping hole” in their lives.
Mr Milton, 53, of Mill Dam Lane, died last Thursday after his Suzuki motorbike was in collision with a BMW car on Pontefract Road near the Ferrybridge bypass when he was on his way to work at Knottingley’s Ardagh Glass at around 5.30am.
His niece Lisa McNally, 28, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “We are absolutely devastated, it is such a massive loss.
“We are a very close family and my uncle was a big part of it. We are just leaning on each other at the moment and will get through this, but there will always be a gaping hole.”
Dozens of bouquets have been placed at the scene of the incident in tribute to Mr Milton, who was a keen motorcyle enthusiast.
Mrs McNally, of North View, Knottingley, added: “He had lots of biker friends and he loved his motorbikes, he’d owned bikes for years and years.
“He wasn’t your typical biker and didn’t just go zooming around, he just appreciated them and even had an interest in push bikes.”
Mr Milton, who was married to wife Michaela, grew up in Knottingley. He has two children, Nichola and Andrew and a grandson Liam, 14.
Mrs McNally added: “He loved his family to bits. He was very close to his two brothers and two sisters, and loved spending time with his grandson. He was such a family man and is going to be sorely missed as a dad, grandad, husband, brother and uncle.
“His biggest achievement was his family and that is what he would say as well.
“The response from everyone has been unreal, you don’t realise how someone can touch so many people until they have gone.
“No one ever had a bad word to say about him. We want to say a thank you for everyone’s support, it has been amazing.”
The 33-year-old woman driver of the BMW was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on bail pending further inquiries.
Witnesses or anyone with information should contact police on new non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.
Mr Milton’s funeral takes place on Wednesday February 8 at St Botolph’s Church, Knottingley at 10am.
l Mrs McNally has scotched rumours a blanket had to be bought from the Jet petrol station, on Pontefract Road, after the accident. The claim spread around the Five Towns via Facebook.