Tributes to biker killed in crash

Michael Rushworth
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Tributes have been paid to a Leyland businessman who died after a motorbike accident.

Police said 54-year-old Michael Rushworth lost control of his black Honda bike, veered across the road and collided with a road barrier on the A6 link road in Bamber Bridge, having left the M65 at junction one.

Emergency services were called at 4.25pm on Sunday and Mr Rushworth was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, where he died.

The road was closed for four hours while an investigation took place.

Mr Rushworth’s grieving family issued a statement through police saying: “Michael was a wonderful, loving husband, dedicated dad and grandad, loyal son and brother.

“He was a local business man who worked tirelessly in building up a successful IT support business.

“He had a passion for motorcycles, microlighting and music along with a love of animals and the countryside.

“Michael was a true gentleman who was respected and admired by all who knew him.”

In a post to the North West UK Motorcycles and Bikers group on Facebook, Mr Rushworth’s brother, Andrew Warner, described him as an “ordinary Joe” who was a “very modest man and a proper biker to the core”.

He said: “I’m sorry to announce that one of our members and my brother Michael was killed yesterday on his bike at the end of the M65 near the weighbridge.

“Details of what happened have not been released yet but no one else was involved. RIP Mike, I will miss our rides and track days together.”

Replying, John Lonsdale wrote: “Not good seeing another brother has been taken from us. R.I.P Mike; thoughts go to his friends and family.”

Paul Evans wrote: “Great memories of some great rides with a great guy! RIP pal.”

Mr Rushworth was managing director of Genesis IT, a specialist IT installation and data management company, which he founded in 2002.

The company began life in Leyland, before moving to Ferry Road Office Park near Preston Dock, then to Meadowcroft Business Park in Whitestake. In an interview with the Evening Post in 2013, Mr Rushworth described how the business was a family affair, with wife Marie, brother John, and son Jay all employed there.

Road Policing Officer Sgt Malcolm Bell said: “This was a tragic accident where a man has unfortunately lost his life.”

Witnesses should call police on 101.