THE heartbroken family of a 25-year-old motorcyclist killed in a crash this week have paid tribute to the talented musician with a “quirky” sense of humour and a passion for cars and motorbikes.

Aaron Miles was riding his bike when he was involved in a crash with a lorry at the busy Wolviston roundabout, at the end of the A689, near Hartlepool.

The 25-year-old received medical treatment at the side of the road, with emergency services and the Great North Air Ambulance Service being called at around 4.45pm on Monday, February 12.

The Billingham man was taken to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by road ambulance, but tragically, he died shortly after arrival.

His grieving family have stated Aaron will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him,.

In a statement, the Miles family said: “Aaron was loved by all his family, friends and work colleagues.

“His humour was often quite quirky and he had some terrific dance moves which will be greatly missed.

“Following his studies at Teesside University, where he achieved a degree in computer art and computer games development, he went on to start his career at SG Petch in Middlesbrough which allowed him to begin saving for his first home.

“He thoroughly enjoyed his career there as he set up and organised their online vehicle parts for the sales department.

“His career blended well with his love for vehicles and he was forever polishing his car and motorbike which were both his pride and joy.

“He also had many other great talents as he was a proficient guitarist and was learning to play the violin and mandolin.

“Aaron will be dearly missed by his family and we will cherish the memories we have with him. We would like to thank everyone who has expressed their sympathies and condolences so far.”

Cleveland Police confirmed that rush-hour traffic was diverted from the scene of the crash into Wolviston Village at the time and added: “Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Officers are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the incident or anyone with dashcam footage of the crash to contact Sergeant Jonathan Stokeld from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit via non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 025912.