A biker who died in a crash in Blackpool has been described as a "gentle, kind, enthusiastic soul".

Sam Cardwell was tragically killed in the collision on Ansdell Road yesterday (Saturday, June 19).

The 27-year-old was riding a Benelli TNT motorcycle towards Waterloo Road when it veered off the road while he was negogiating a bend.

The bike then mounted the pavement and collided with a stationary Honda Jazz car, police said.

Sam was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and later transferred to Royal Preston Hospital where he died.

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In a tribute, Sam’s family said: “Sam attended Montgomery High School, Bispham, which he left in 2010. He resided in the Blackpool area and will be sorely missed by his family and friends who would describe him as a gentle, kind, enthusiastic soul who was always happy.

“We would like to thank family and friends for their ongoing support and would also like to thank passers by who helped Sam following the collision as well as North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and staff at both Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital for their care and dignified response throughout the incident.”

Sgt Andrew Hemingway, of West Tactical Operations, said: “This collision has tragically resulted in a Sam losing his life and my thoughts remain with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.

“We are working to establish exactly what caused the collision and I would ask any witnesses or anybody with CCTV or dashcam footage which could assist our enquiries to get in touch.”

Anybody with information is asked to email [email protected] or call 101, quoting log 0218 of June 19, 2021.

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