Tribute made to 'warm, kind and giving' Honiton man who died in collision

PUBLISHED: 18:38 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:46 19 June 2017

Richard Earnshaw, who died in hospital following a road traffic collision.

Richard Earnshaw, who died in hospital following a road traffic collision.

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

A ‘warm, kind and giving’ man who died in a road collision in Colyford has been remembered.

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

His family have since set up a fundraising page to remember Richard.

A family tribute read: “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.”

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.

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/frank-earnshaw to donate to the fundraising page.

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