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Family pay tribute to Easington biker who died in accident
A HEARTBROKEN family today (Tuesday, October 8) paid tribute to a biker who died in a road accident.
Ronald Johnson, 41, of Holmhill Gardens, Easington Colliery, suffered fatal injuries when his motorcycle was in collision with a car at 7.45pm on Sunday (October 6).
Known as Ronnie to friends and family, he leaves behind partner Marie Hilder, son Jack, seven, and step-son Daniel, 11.
The tribute from his family said words would never describe the loss they felt.
It added: "We hope people remember him with a smile.
"From Marie who will no longer be able to hold the love of her life with the wicked sense of humour and Jack, who will carry on in his dad’s image.
"Also, his family and friends, who will feel the loss eternally.
"Known as Ronnie to friends and family, he was much-loved and well known in the Seaham area.
"He was one of five children and himself was a dad to Jack, seven, and stepdad to Daniel, 11."
The family statement added: "The much-loved partner of Marie, everyone who knew him would state he was a hard-working guy who always had a smile on his face."
The accident happened on the B1283 at its junction with Thorpe Road, in Easington village, County Durham.
Mr Johnson’s black Suzuki GSXR 600 motorbike was in collision with a beige-coloured Nissan Micra driven by an 84-year-old woman from Peterlee.
He was certified dead at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough a short time later.
The driver of the Micra was also treated at the same hospital, for shock and a minor injury to her knee before being released.