THE family of a much-loved man has paid tribute after a fatal collision claimed the life of two people in Wigan.

At around 7.15pm on Saturday, April 13, at the junction with Ormskirk Road and Billinge Road in Wigan, a car collided with a motorbike that had a rider and passenger on it.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that 21-year-old Lewis Durham passed away at the scene due to the impact, and 56-year-old Leslie Baron, later died in hospital as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and causing serious injury by careless driving. He has since been released on bail.

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Yesterday, Lewis' family paid a heartbreaking tribute to the 21-year-old and Leslie's family has also left a tribute to the much-loved brother, uncle, and friend.

In a statement shared with police, Leslie's family said: “It is with a heavy heart that we write this message in tribute to Leslie Baron, known to us as 'Lez'. He was a much-loved brother, uncle, and a friend to many.

“We would firstly like to thank the emergency services and the members of the public for all their efforts in helping him at the scene of the collision. We extend our praise to the hospital staff at Aintree Hospital also.

“Lez was a larger-than-life character who loved his dogs, riding his motorbike, and playing golf. He would do anything for anyone. He will be missed deeply by us all.

“May he rest in peace; we will love you always.”