A 24-YEAR-OLD motorcyclist died from his injuries today after being hurt in a crash on Wednesday morning.

Christopher Graham was involved in a collision with a Nissan Qashqai on Apple Orchard bank between Saltburn and Skelton, east Cleveland. 

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough with serious injuries but died this morning.

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A statement released by Cleveland Police said Mr Graham had four brothers and four sisters and a son called Kian. He had recently taken a job in Sheffield but had been home in Lingdale for his son’s birthday.

He was fostered by Neville and Margaret at the age of six and has a step-sister.

The statement said: "He continued to be very close to his foster family but throughout his foster care he maintained a very strong bond with his birth family in Middlesbrough.

"Christopher loved outdoor pursuits especially shooting and fishing. He also loved motorbikes and socialising, and had many friends in the Lingdale area."

His mum Dorothy said: “Christopher was a joy to our life. He never missed anything and always had a zest for life.”

Christopher’s step-dad Neville said: “He was a fantastic son and brother to his whole family and a loyal friend. He was our pride and joy and will be sadly missed.”

Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision and any witnesses are asked to contact the investigating officer PC Steve Harbison at the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on 101 quoting event 44912.