The family of a motorcyclist killed in Rotherham last month have shared a tribute after the police formally identified him.
The father of three, named as Lee Bowling, was riding his red Lexmoto motorbike along Herringthorpe Valley Road at 11.40am on 4 April. He collided with a traffic light near the Mowbray Street junction and sustained fatal injuries.
In a tribute to the motorcyclist, the 37-year-old’s family said their lives had all been turned upside down since Lee’s passing.
They added: “Lee will be forever missed. Our lives will never be the same again.”
Mr Bowling, described by his relatives as a devoted family man and a careful rider, was taken to hospital after the crash but died several hours later.
His family said: “We are left with one question, why? Lee was the most polite man you could ever wish to meet with a heart so kind and pure. He would do anything for anyone.”
Mr Bowling’s death comes after the Department of Transport 2021 report revealed that although motorcyclists make up less than 1% of road traffic, they accounted for 20% of all road deaths in 2020.
South Yorkshire Police said they are trying to trace the driver of an unknown silver vehicle that was in the area at the time, who may have seen Lee prior to the collision.
A police spokesperson said: “If you can help us trace the driver of this vehicle, or witnessed the bike prior to the collision, please get in touch. Any information can be reported through our online portal or by calling 101.”
In their tribute, Lee’s family added: “We are asking if anyone knows anything from this night, whether it be big or small, please come forward and give us the closure we all need.”
South Yorkshire Police are also asking for anyone that may have CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage from the morning of 4 April to come forward and email email@example.com with the incident number 1134.