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Tribute issued to ‘hardworking family man’ killed in Manston motorbike smash

PUBLISHED: 12:51 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:56 15 March 2017

Arturas Butkus

Arturas Butkus

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Arturas Butkus was travelling on the wrong side of the road on Sunday

Tributes have been paid to a “hardworking family man” killed in a motorbike smash at the weekend.

Local man Arturas Butkus, 37, died when his black Triumph Speed Triple was involved in a collision with a white Citroen Berlingo travelling in the opposite direction on the B2190 Spitfire Way, Manston, at 11.25am on Sunday.

A statement released by Mr Butkus’ family said: “Arturas was a hardworking family man. He left behind a loving wife and two young children.

“A local businessman, he worked hard within the community and was a good friend to many. He was loved by everyone who knew him.”

Officers from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are continuing to appeal for witnesses of the incident to come forward.

PC Jamie Woodhams said: “It appears that for some unknown reason the motorbike was travelling on the wrong side of the road when it was in collision with the Citroen close to the junction with Alland Grange Lane.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed or heard the collision or from anyone who saw either vehicle beforehand.”

Anyone with information is asked to phone the dedicated SCIU appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting DS/JW/49/17.

Alternatively email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.

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