FLORAL tributes have been left for a motorcyclist killed in a hit-and-run accident with another biker.

The 66-year-old man, from Riccall, near York, died in the collision on the notorious B1257 Helmsley to Stokesley road on Saturday afternoon.

He was one of three motorcyclists travelling towards Stokesley when the accident happened as they were overtaking a Volkswagen car, about a quarter-of-a-mile from the village of Chop Gate.

The crash involved a fourth motorcyclist who was travelling in the opposite direction, towards Helmsley.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said this rider did not stop following the collision.

Flowers were left at the spot where the accident happened, with fellow bikers Steve and Shaz leaving a message which said: "Rest in peace. Ride safe in heaven".

Another motorcyclist in the group suffered serious injuries after he was in collision with a blue Volkswagen car at about the same time as the accident.

He was taken to James Cook Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Saturday's accident was the second major crash this month on the B1257 road.

The road has been dubbed the Helmsley TT because of the numbers of bikers who die on the route.

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for anyone with information about Saturday's accident to phone Sergeant Neil Campbell or Traffic Constable Andy Woodburn, of the eastern area road policing group, on (01723) 509555.