Tributes paid to man who died in collision in Bishop’s Waltham

The family of a man who died in a fatal collision in Bishop’s Waltham just before Christmas have paid tribute to him.

Police were called at 7.23am on Tuesday December 19th to a crash on Winchester Road involving a Lexmoto Diablo motorbike and a Ford Ranger.

The rider of motorcycle, 33-year-old Damien Walton from Clanfield, died at the scene.

His family have today paid the following tribute: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved ‘Damo’. The sudden news will forever be rippling into the waves of our future and it feels at the moment that no amount of words will soothe the pain we collectively feel.

“He was always ready to help others and would sooner put himself out than see someone suffer.

“A man of integrity, courage and resilience who experienced untold hardship. Adversity was met by a childlike innocence that refused to be beaten by the harshness of the world.

“We love you Damien and our hearts are deeply broken. We hope you find refuge and safety. Love Mum and brothers.”

The family also provided a tribute from Damien’s son: “To my daddy, my biggest hero, I’ll look out for you on the moon. I love you with all my heart. Miss you so much.”

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

A 43-year-old man from Bishop’s Waltham was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless / inconsiderate driving and was subsequently released under investigation.

Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or either vehicle in the moments beforehand.

Anyone with information or relevant dash-cam footage, can call 101 quoting reference 44230516645 or report online via their website here: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/