We are now in a position to formally identify the man killed in the fatal motorcycle collision on the A19 near Chapel Haddlesey, Selby district, at around 6.20pm on Friday 9 December 2016.
He is Daniel Hornsby, aged 24, from Whitley, Goole.
Daniel’s family has issued the following statement in tribute to him:
“Dan had a loving happy childhood alongside his slightly older brother, and in his early years they were so close they were often mistaken as twins.
“Coming from a long family line of craftsmen, he had such natural ability and talent that he would have been able to turn his hand to any trade he decided to follow.
“He was a high achiever at school which carried on through College, and eventually on to two university degrees. One in 2013, a BSc in environmental geography with first class honours. And one in 2014, a MSc in Volcanology and Geological Hazards with Merit.
“Amongst his many talents he was an accomplished, self-taught guitar player and excelled in Art, Information technology, Photography and Film Making.
“In 2015, he spent six months traveling around New Zealand to further his passion on Volcanology by visiting the volcanic and earthquake affected islands, and at the same time recreating some of the scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy which were filmed on location there.
“Once he arrived back home the relief was palpable, and he soon settled back into work at home as well as gainful employment to help with his finances and self-esteem.
“As you can imagine, his life being so needlessly and tragically taken away that evening on his normal commute home from work, has left his family absolutely devastated, and at this time of year when we should be celebrating his 25th birthday and the festive season, it is extremely difficult to see anyway forward from this dark place that we now find our self in.”
Please note: The family has asked for the media to respect their privacy at this difficult time and to refrain from approaching them. Thank you for your co-operation.
Copy of witness appeal – 10 December 2016
Police investigate death of motorcycle rider on A19 in Selby district
North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a fatal four-vehicle collision on the A19 in the Selby district.
It occurred half-a-mile north of Chapel Haddlesey, at the junction with Fox Lane, at around 6.20pm on Friday (9 December 2016).
It involved a grey Citroen C1 car, a grey Ford Ranger pick-up truck, a grey VW Jetta car, and a blue Honda motorcycle.
Sadly, the 24-year-old man riding the motorcycle, who is from the Goole area, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The section of road was closed to traffic until 3am on Saturday while police carried out a full investigation.
The driver of the Citroen C1, a 25-year-old man from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, was arrested on suspicious of causing death by careless driving. Following questioning, he was released on police bail to allow time for further investigation.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the collision, or anyone who recalls seeing any of the vehicles involved prior to the incident, to come forward as soon as possible. This includes any motorists who came across the collision scene after it occurred, but did not stay to speak with the police.
If you can help, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Gemma Wood or Hamish Halloway.
Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12160222040 when providing information about this incident.Last modified: December 20, 2016