Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight fatal crash motorcyclist is named

Andrew Parr
Image caption Andrew Parr worked for GKN Aerospace in Cowes

A motorcyclist who died after a collision with a car on the Isle of Wight has been named by police.

Andrew Paul Parr, 45, from Cowes, was travelling towards Newport on the B3041 Calbourne Road at 1710 GMT on Wednesday when he collided with a Citroen C3.

Mr Parr, a team leader at GKN Aerospace in Cowes, was taken to St Mary's hospital where he later died.

His family said in a statement that he was "much loved" and would be "sorely missed".

The statement said: "Andrew had a great zest for life, participating in sport diving, sailing, parachuting, surfing and hiking. He also swam the Solent for charity, and enjoyed playing guitar (very loudly).

"He worked for Neutrik, and then became a factory manager at Patricks Engineering. More recently he spent some time as a lecturer at the Isle of Wight College, before moving to GKN Aerospace at a project team leader pioneering fuel saving turbine blades.

"Andrew, the much loved son of Rose Jeffery and Robin Parr, brother to Tony, David, Nigel and Michael will be sorely missed by all his family and all who knew him. He was also an adopted dad to Olly Williams."

Mr Parr was approaching the crossroads at Calbourne as he travelled from Freshwater towards Newport when the crash happened.

The 72-year-old female driver of a Citroen from East Cowes was taken to hospital with spinal injuries.

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