TRIBUTE has been paid to a 'selfless' dad of six after two motorcyclists died in a crash near Southampton.

The men were pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on Marchwood Bypass in Totton on October 6.

A blue Mercedes Sprinter van was in a collision with a black Honda motorcycle and a white Yamaha motorcycle on the A326 bypass.

The driver of the Yamaha has now been named as Craig Smart, 38, from Mantle Close in Gosport. Simon Ashworth, 49, of Howerts Close, Warsash, was riding the Honda.

Craig’s family said: “Craig was a strong, devoted and selfless family man who always put the needs of others above his own.


Craig Smart

Craig Smart


"He was a loving husband, a supportive dad to his six kids, and a wonderful son and brother. He was also a brilliant mate to so many whose lives he touched.

“Craig embodied a philosophy of living life to the fullest and was happiest when he was riding about on his motorbike, sailing up and down the Solent on his boat Pugwash, fishing and kayaking at Stokes Bay and Lee-on-the-Solent and above all, spending time with his family and friends.

“He will be sorely missed and ever-so-fondly remembered by all those he knew, who will treasure the memories they hold of a truly great man.”

Officers continue to investigate the incident and are still appealing for witnesses.

If you have dash cam footage of the vehicles or the collision, call 101, quoting reference number 44210400737.

Alternatively, submit information online by clicking here.