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M11 fatal hit-and-run: Tributes to family man, motorcyclist and bike and car restorer Steve Lord

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Tributes have been paid to the 63-year-old family man who died in a hit-and-run on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford a week ago.

Steve Lord died following a collision involving his Suzuki motorbike and a car on the southbound carriageway between Stansted and Harlow at around 5am on Wednesday, January 16.

In a statement, his wife Diane said: “Steve was a much-adored husband of 40 years, a proud father of two daughters and a doting grandfather of two grandsons, aged three and one.

“He was a lifelong motorcycle and classic car enthusiast. He had been riding and restoring motorcycles for 45 years, and had won a number of awards for restoring custom and classic cars. He was an active member of the Kawasaki Triples Club.

“Steve loved being surrounded by his family, especially his playful grandsons. He was aiming to retire in the coming years and planned to enjoy his free time with family, both at home and on holiday in Spain.

“He will be remembered for his warmth, his generosity, his storytelling and his wicked sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

“We'd like to thank our friends and family for their continued support and would like to give a special thank you to Essex Police. In particular, we're grateful for the hard work of the serious collision investigation unit and the care and compassion of our family liaison officers, who have provided an invaluable service to us.”

A 37-year-old man from Harlow has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and driving while under the influence of drink and drugs. He has been released on bail until February 11.

Police continue to appeal for anyone who saw, or has dashcam footage of, a blue Ford Focus and how it was being driven on the A120 near Stansted Airport, the M11 between junctions 8 and 7 and on the A414 at Harlow between 4.40am and 5.15am on January 16.

If you have any information call 101, quoting incident 104 of January 16, or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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