AN ACCRINGTON dad-of-three has tragically died after the motorbike he was riding clipped a van on the M66.
Motorbike enthusiast Kevin Neal Aspinall, 35, of Bullough Close, Accrington, was on his way to work in Manchester on a blue Yamaha when the horrific accident happened shortly before 6am on Wednesday.
Police believe the delivery driver for Brakes Food Goods, based in Manchester, clipped a small van as traffic slowed down and was thrown from his bike into the central reservation.
Despite help from the emergency services Kevin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kevin’s devastated wife Nicola, 27, paid an emotional tribute to "her most lovely family man" yesterday.
She said: "He was an amazing man, he was loved by everyone. He would do anything for anyone which made him special.
"He was a massive family man who lived for his children.
"He had just taken up learning the guitar and was practising every night. He drove me mad but everyday I couldn’t wait for him to walk in from work."
Kevin, who was originally from Chesterfield, was a keen golfer and loved nothing more than days out with his family to St Anne’s beach.
Nicola added: "When I met Kevin it was love at first sight. I can’t believe he isn’t here anymore. I have told the children but the youngest, Faye, just doesn’t understand. She keeps asking me where he is and all I can say is that he is in the stars."
Kevin leaves his wife Nicola, three children Justin, 13, Cody, 10, and Faye, three, mother Barbara, stepmum Sylvia, a brother Karl, nephew Carlton, mother and father-in-laws, Lynn and Terry, plus many more in-laws, nieces and nephews.
The M66 motorway was closed for five hours after the accident with 15-mile long tailbacks from the M66 junction two at Heap Bridge near Bury back through Rossendale and Accrington.