FRIENDS and family have paid tribute to a motorcyclist killed at a busy junction.
Marcus Lowbridge, 21, came off his motorcycle after colliding with a Nissan Micra in Hunts Pond Road, Titchfield, close to Admirals Road.
He was taken to Southampton General Hospital at 8.20pm on Saturday but died shortly afterwards.
The 56-year-old driver of the Nissan was arrested.
Dozens of bouquets have been taken to the spot close to where it happened and loved ones have kept an almost constant roadside vigil as they gather to remember their dear friend and to comfort each other.
They left trinkets such as a rugby ball, teddy bears, and even a woollen bobble hat of the type he always wore.
Mr Lowbridge, who lived in the area with his family, worked at a garage and part-time as a nightclub bouncer in Southampton.
Friends said it was hard for them to take in the news that they would never see him again.
Rosie Guyatt, 17, said he would go out of his way to cheer friends up if they were down.
She said: ‘I haven’t been able to stop crying. It’s such a shock.
‘He was the most genuine man I ever met. He always made people smile and laugh.
‘If I was ever upset he would take me to McDonald’s. He was a really caring and loving friend.’
Mr Lowbridge, a former pupil of Brookfield School, Sarisbury Green, had a wide circle of friends.
He was a motorcycle enthusiast who was passionate about bikes and rugby and going to the gym.
But many friends remember him for his love of the band N-Dubz, particularly the rapper Dappy.
Rosie added: ‘I’ve been listening to them all morning thinking about him.’
Another friend, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I know a few people who drove past the accident last night and could see someone was hurt and being treated.
‘At the time they didn’t know it was Marcus. No one can really believe it.’
Titchfield councillor Jack Englefield, who laid a floral tribute, said: ‘Marcus was a friend of my son and daughter and I’ve only ever heard good things about him. I feel so sorry for his family.’
Police are appealing for witnesses, particularly occupants of the vehicle behind the Nissan.
Call 101 quoting Operation Katrina.