A HEARTBROKEN family have paid tribute to a 'hard working and happy' cyclist who was killed following a crash in Southampton.

On July 23, police were called to Hill Lane, Southampton, following reports of a crash between a cyclist and a car at around 9.58pm.

The cyclist, Joe Burton, 33, from Westwood Road, Southampton, was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he died of his injuries.


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In a tribute, his family described him as a "hard working" man who loved to travel

They added that he was recently married and was looking forward to making a life together with his wife.

His family said: “Joe liked to work hard and play hard. He trained as an electrician with a local electrical company and studied at Eastleigh College, twice achieving apprentice of the year.

“He loved travelling and worked in many places including the French Alps, Thailand, Australia, and Switzerland and also spent two tours in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and the Australian Antarctic Division.

“He exuded happiness and will be remembered by everyone he met even if he barely spoke their language.

“His infectious attitude would make you feel anything was possible.

“He was recently married to his wife Anna and was so excited to be making a life together with her.

“His words to us all missing him today would be, ‘you'll be alright’.”

A 24-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of two counts of drug driving.

He was released under investigation, pending further police enquiries.