TRIBUTES have been paid to a dad of two who died when the motorbike he was riding collided with a car just yards from his home.
The family of Antony Whitehouse, 51, have described him as ‘one in a million’.
His 16-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries and is said to be in a stable condition in the Countess of Chester Hospital, following the smash in Linthorpe Road, Buckley, which happened shortly before 5pm on Monday.
Speaking through their police family liaison officer the family described Antony – known as Tony to family and friends – as ‘the light of our lives, one in a million who was full of life and soul’.
They said he worshipped his two children aged 14 and 11.
They added: “He will be missed greatly by his family and will be a great loss to many of his friends near and far away.”
Nicknamed ‘nostrils’, Mr Whitehouse was an experienced motorcyclist and had a passion for American cars. It is believed he worked in the aircraft industry.
Friend Russ Campbell, who runs Bretton Motorcycles in Bretton, said: “He was a great mate who did a lot for people and was always helping out.
“He really was a larger than life character and was always up for a laugh.
“He will be sadly missed by us all. The world is a sadder place without him.”
Tributes were also being posted on the Facebook website.
Neil Brown said: “Another very sad day in my hometown RIP Tony Whitehouse such an experienced rider, thoughts are with family friends and his pillion.”
A North Wales Police spokesman said: “At 4.52pm on Monday emergency services were called to the scene of a two vehicle collision at the junction of Linthorpe Road and Knowle Lane, Buckley, involving a blue Suzuki motorcycle and a black Hyundai motor car. As a result of the collision the motorcyclist was conveyed by ambulance to the Countess of Chester Hospital where he sadly died of his injuries.”
A 23-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed until June pending further enquiries.
North Wales Police is asking anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have information to assist the investigation, to contact PC Aled Jackson at Deeside roads policing unit on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.