Two Bikers Die in Hampshire

Police are appealing for witnesses after two fatal motorbike crashes in Hampshire at the weekend.

In the first, the motorcyclist collided with a green John Deere tractor as he was riding a blue and white Yamaha bike along Bubb Lane in Hedge End at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

The man, from Bitterne, died at the scene.

The driver of the tractor, a 32-year-old Upham man, was uninjured.

The road was closed for six hours while road crash investigators examined the scene.

The driver of the tractor and a 57-year-old man from Eastleigh were arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving. They have been bailed until January 19, 2011.

Witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw either vehicle prior to the crash, are asked to contact PC Zonia Thompson at the Road Death Investigation Team at Eastleigh on 101, quoting Operation Melton.

The second motorcyclist died in a crash on the A272 at Langrish.

Philip Adnitt, from Bracknell in Berkshire, was riding his Yamaha R6 eastbound along the A272 with a friend on another motorcycle.

Shortly before 10.30am on Saturday, October 9, Mr Adnitt left the road prior to a series of bends near Bordean Lane, mounted the nearside verge and collided with a road sign.

The 28-year-old sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sandra Skelt, Mr Adnitt’s mother, has released the following statement:

“The whole family is totally devastated by Philip’s death. He was just a wonderful person who always had time for us. We are so sad he’s gone.

“We all ask that the media give us time to grieve and come to terms with our tragic loss.”

Officers from Fratton Roads Policing Unit are appealing for anyone who saw the crash or the motorcycles before the incident to contact them.

Anyone with any information should contact PC Peter Sarginson on 101 quoting Operation Charmante.