Tributes after death of biker in horror road smash

TRIBUTES: Ronnie Johnson with his son Jack
TRIBUTES: Ronnie Johnson with his son Jack

HEARTFELT tributes have been paid for a biker who died in a horror road smash.

Dad Ronald Johnson was pronounced dead in hospital after the black Suzuki GSXR600 motorbike he was travelling on was involved in a crash with a beige-coloured Nissan Micra being driven by an 84-year-old woman.

The crash happened at the junction of Rosemary Lane and Thorpe Road, Easington.

Mr Johnson, 41, of Holmhill Gardens, in Easington Colliery, leaves behind his is partner Marie Hilder, son Jack, seven, and stepson Daniel, 11.

A statement has been released by his loved-ones which stated: “Words will never describe the loss that will be felt as a result of the events of Sunday night.

“We hope people remember him with a smile.”The family statement added: “From Marie who will no longer be able to hold the love of her life with the wicked sense of humour and Jack, who will carry on in his dad’s image.

“Also, his family and friends, who will feel the loss eternally.

“Known as Ronnie to friends and family, he was much-loved and well known in the Seaham area.

“He was one of five children and himself was a dad to Jack, seven, and stepdad to Daniel, 11.

“The much-loved partner of Marie, everyone who knew him would state he was a hard-working guy who always had a smile on his face.”

The car was heading east along the section of the B1283 which is Rosemary Lane, at the junction of Thorpe Road, Easington.

The bike was heading in the opposite direction along Seaside Lane, approaching the junction, when the two collided.

The force of the collision, which happened at 7.45pm on Sunday, October 6, saw the 41-year-old cyclist suffer fatal injuries.

Mr Johnson was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, at 9.30pm that night.

The driver of the Micra was also treated at the same hospital, for shock and a minor injury to her knee before being released home.

She was informed by police of Mr Johnson’s death the following morning.

The road was closed for more than four hours after the crash while investigations were carried out.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the collision investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.