Police have launched an appeal for information following a fatal head-on road traffic collision on the outskirts of Shanklin on Sunday in which 48-year-old John Hawes, a well known and much-loved motorcyclist in the local biking community, died.
Mr Hawes of Newport, known as ‘Mr Toad’, was traveling from Ventnor to Shanklin on his black Suzuki motorcycle at around 17:00 on Sunday evening when, on the crest of a hill, he crossed over into the path of an oncoming car before colliding head-on with the white Renault Megane.
Despite the best efforts of emergency services Mr Hawes died at the scene, as previously reported by Island Echo.
Mr Hawes has been named locally over the past couple of days with tributes pouring in on social networks.
Friends have described Mr Hawes as ‘one of the kindest people who would do anything for anyone’ and a ‘true gentleman’.
Collision investigators from the mainland conducted a 6 hour examination of the scene before the road was reopened at 00:15 on Monday morning.
Anyone who saw what happened should contact Sergeant Adrienne Jerram at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting Operation Pretty (44150175317). Information can be given anonymously by calling the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.