Devastated family members have paid tribute to a 'caring, loving' young dad killed in a horror motorway crash.
Kyle Hempenstall, 28, was riding a motorbike on the stretch of the M62 when he was involved in a collision.
Police were called to the crash - involving a Red Yamaha R1 motorbike, a white Transit van and 'heavy maintenance plant machinery' - between junctions 11 for Birchwood and 12 for Eccles last Wednesday (May 27).
Despite paramedics' best efforts, Mr Hempenstall was declared dead at the scene.
His loved ones have now released a heartbreaking statement, the MEN reports.
Kyle's sister Kiera Allen said: "We can’t believe we are writing this for our brother.
"You were young, healthy, happy - and a nice, caring, respectful and loving son, dad, brother, uncle and friend.
"This should not have happened to you and things will never be the same.
"You have left us far too soon and we are completely broken along with mum, dad, your nephews and everyone else who knew you.
"Sleep tight handsome until we meet again, we love you and will never forget you bro, Mark, Mellissa, Kiera xxxx."
Following the crash, police said they believed Mr Hempenstall was riding alongside a second motorbike, which left the scene before officers arrived.
They were trying to trace them last week.
Today (Wednesday), the force said a 23-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving; failing to stop at the scene of a collision; driving without insurance; and driving without a licence.
A 41-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They have both been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.
Dozen of tributes have been paid to Kyle on social media.
A motorcycle helmet, an array of floral tributes and candles spelling out his name have been left on a bridge over the motorway.
A fundraising appeal set up by pal Adam Bird £1,700. The money will go to Kyle's family.
In a post accompanying the appeal Adam says: "For those of you that knew Kyle, I need not say anything, but for those that didn't, where do I start.
"He was an achiever, caring and welcoming, honest and loving person.
"He would go that extra mile for anyone, not only his friends.
"His progression in life give him his dreams, his son, job, social life, hobbies and his wishes.
"With deep sadness I write this and set to reach this goal to support and help Kyle's family and do something what no parents should have to do.
"All the funds raised will go to his loving Mum and Dad what my heart goes out for.
"Growing up together with Kyle they treated me as there own and family, and will forever be something I cant replace but would like to ease the financial thoughts from there heads with this.
"Making many of memories with not just myself but anyone he knew, he will remind in all are hearts.
"Anything is something. I know its not a lot of words but he spoke for himself and will be sadly missed.
"Love you Kyle, Sleep tight x"
Police Sergeant Matt Picton, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Specialist officers are continuing to support Kyle’s family at this incredibly difficult time and our thoughts remain with them whilst we continue to piece together the circumstances surrounding this collision.
“Our investigation has progressed significantly since last week and whilst our enquiries are continuing, we are still asking for the public’s help
“Whilst two people have been arrested, we’re continuing to appeal for any witnesses or anyone with any information or footage to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1343 of 27/05/2020, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
You can donate to the fundraising appeal for Kyle's family here.
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