Tributes to tragic biker

A bus driver killed after a collision between his motorbike and a Mitsubishi Shogun was described as a gentle giant today.

AN Ipswich bus driver killed after a collision between his motorbike and a Mitsubishi Shogun was described as a gentle giant today.

Joseph Gray died near his home in Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, following the crash in Landseer Road around 6.15pm on Monday.

He had been a driver at Ipswich Buses for 19 years and today managing director Malcolm Robson said the accident had been a shock for everyone.

“He was well respected and very popular with everyone - this is a terrible loss for his family and for everyone here. When the news came through everyone found it very difficult.”

Mr Gray was riding home after work. A colleague at Ipswich Buses paid tribute to the 51-year-old.

He said: “I would like to give my sympathy and support from all the staff and management of Ipswich Buses for the great loss of a great driver, team player and a gentleman.

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“It was a great pleasure to work with such a thoughtful and caring friend and workmate.

“I've never met such a happy go lucky man to work with. I'm sure all the staff at Ipswich Buses would agree Joe will be sadly and truly missed by us all.

“God bless you Joe Gray - a gentle giant”

The driver of the Mitsubishi is on police bail after the vehicle and Mr Gray's Honda 650cc motorcycle collided.

Emergency services were called to the scene and the biker was taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital but was certified dead not long after arrival.

Police said the 21-year-old male Mitsubishi driver from Ipswich had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has also been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for a police officer. This relates to another matter which is alleged to have taken place in Tacket Street, Ipswich on August 31.

He is currently on police bail to return to Ipswich police station on November 15.