Family pays tribute to motorcyclist who died in Fareham crash

Julie Corben
Julie Corben
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  • Police appeal for witnesses to incident in The Avenue, Fareham to come forward
  • Julie Corben described as warm-hearted, kind and compassionate
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved grandmother who died when her motorbike collided with a car.

Julie Corben, from Hook Lane, Warsash, died on Monday when her black Harley Davidson motorcycle crashed into a blue Fiat Doblo in The Avenue, Fareham.

Her family released a statement today, saying that her ‘memory will live on.’

It said: ‘On Monday a shining light in all our lives left this Earth to shine bright amongst the night sky stars.

‘Julie Corben – mum, nanny, wife, daughter, sister, aunty and friend to many – touched a huge amount of lives before her own was taken from her far too soon.

‘There are no words in any dictionary to describe the pain we as a family are feeling, but the massive outpouring of love that we have received goes a long way in easing our sadness.

She left us doing what made her the happiest, riding a motorbike that roared like thunder. Julie wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The family of Julie Corben in a statement

‘Julie lived a life to envy anybody. She saw more of the world and its beauty than most of us could ever dare to dream, and that truly reflected in her personality and character.

‘She was warm hearted, kind, compassionate, funny and free. She left us doing what made her the happiest, riding a motorbike that roared like thunder. Julie wouldn’t have had it any other way.’

Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses to the collision.

The 55-year-old would have been fairly distinctive as she was wearing a black jacket and black crash helmet.

The family appealed for people to get in touch with the police.
They said: ‘Julie’s Granddaughter Maisie has lost her Nanny Noo-Noo, best friend and soulmate.

‘Her innocence has been shattered by this tragedy and at four years old she just wants to know when she will see her again.

‘We ask that anyone who may be able to offer information which could help determine the sequence of events leading to Julie’s death to please make it available to the police and help us as a family to achieve closure.’

The driver of the Fiat, a 61-year-old woman from Gosport, was shaken but otherwise uninjured.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation unit, quoting Operation Proof, on 101.