Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Tribute to Petersfield biker killed in A272 crash

Scott Lewis
Image caption Scott Lewis was a keen cyclist and raised money for charity

Family and friends of a biker who died in a collision on a rural road in Hampshire have paid tribute to him.

Scott Lewis was riding on the A272 Petersfield road when he was in collision with a van near Privett on 12 April.

Mr Lewis, 32, of Petersfield, died at the scene of the crash.

He was a keen cyclist and had helped raise nearly £7,000 for prostate cancer charities by cycling around the Isle of Wight twice.

Mr Lewis's younger brother, Oliver, said: "Scott was looking forward to cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats this September, the proceeds of which he also planned to go towards prostate cancer research.

"As my older brother, Scott looked after me my whole life and so his enthusiasm for riding, his extra-ordinary approach to life and the wonderful experiences we shared will stay with me forever."

'Most caring friend'

His friend Steve Stidolph, 29, from Petersfield, said: "Scott was one of the most unique people I have ever met in my life.

"From a very young age he took me under his wing and helped to make me the man I am today.

"Scott was an amazing friend and supported me time and time again and never expected anything back in return.

"He was the life and soul of any party but also the most caring friend you could ever wish to meet.

"The world is a darker place without him but his magnificent presence and outrageous spirit will remain with all that knew him forever."

The driver of the van, a 61-year-old man from Havant, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and bailed until August.

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