THE family of a "highly regarded" RAF veteran have paid tribute after he was killed in a motorbike crash.
David Frampton, aged 36, from Ramsbottom, was riding his silver Honda motorbike when he was involved in a crash with an Audi A3 at about 4pm yesterday in Blackburn Road, near Egerton, Bolton.
In a statement released by police, Mr Frampton's family said: “David was a courageous, warm-hearted, devoted man who truly touched the lives of all he met.
"He was a much beloved husband, son, brother and friend.
“David spent his life serving in the Royal Air Force Regiment on 2, 27 and 58 squadrons in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"He was very highly regarded and received international commendation for his work in the protection of our servicemen and women.
“Upon leaving the RAF he dreamt of becoming a teacher and had obtained his first post supporting children with special needs.
“David had a huge range of interests and was phenomenally well read. He loved his motorbikes, and playing golf. His loss is indescribable. Per ardua ad astra.”
Police are not treating Mr Frampton's death as suspicious and there have been no arrests.
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Mr Frampton was travelling towards Bolton and is believed to have drifted onto the wrong side of the road on a left hand bend when he hit the Audi, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
He suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, while the two occupants of the Audi were treated for whiplash, shock and minor cuts.
The road was closed for five hours while investigations took place.
Sgt Malcolm Bell, of Lancashire Police's road policing team, said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or seen the motorbike in the area to get in touch with us so that we can establish how this accident has happened.
“It is a very difficult time for the family of the motorcyclist and they are being supported by specially trained officers.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log number 0851 of August 20 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.