Shortly after 7am on Tuesday 5 December 2017 police were called to Hyde Road, close to the junction with Redgate Lane, to reports of a collision between a Peugeot 208 and a Suzuki motorbike.
Emergency services attended and attempted to treat the driver of the motorbike at the scene before he was taken to hospital where he sadly died.
He has since been formally identified as 30-year-old Michael Pilkington from Haughton Green.
Paying tribute to him, his family said: “Michael was a loving father to his beautiful son and daughter, partner to Jade, son to his parents John and Lindsay and brother to Natasha and Scott.
“We are struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss of our beloved Michael and ask to be allowed to grieve as a family at this time.”