TRIBUTES have been paid to a motorcyclist who died in a motorway crash.
David Ayling, of Heritage Way, Gosport, died when his motorbike came off the road and collided with a barrier at Junction 11 of the M27 on Sunday evening.
The 20-year-old’s death has shocked fellow motorcyclists, who have placed flowers by the side of the road.
My Ayling, who worked as a chef at the Bun Penny Pub, in Manor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, died when his white Kawasaki motorbike came off the slip road heading east on to the motorway near Fareham at 7.30pm on Sunday. Emergency services were called but Mr Ayling, a former pupil of Lealands High School in Luton, died at the scene.
Mr Ayling’s family have been told of his death and many of his friends paid tribute to him on social media sites.
Jack Bush tweeted: ‘Life is way too short! Rip david ayling.’
Jeremy Wedlake tweeted: ‘Struggling to come to terms with losing my cousin, it’s making me relise [sic] life is just too short, RIP David Ayling.’
Others took to Facebook to express their condolences.
Kelly Deacon posted to The News’ Facebook page: ‘Can’t believe this news.
‘You never think when you read stories like this that it’s going to be someone you know but it was... keep safe other bikers. Thinking of you David.’
Mary Fogwill posted: ‘Rip in peace young man and my condolences to all his family xxx.’
Hampshire Constabulary confirmed yesterday that there was no other vehicle involved in the accident.
A spokesman said the police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone who saw the collision, or the bike being ridden prior to the incident, is asked to contact police.
People are being asked to contact Sergeant Nigel Burt or PC Jim Chapman from the Roads Policing Unit, on 101, quoting Operation Minden.