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Tribute to Aylesford's Mike Outlaw after motorcyclist dies on A21 near Tonbridge on May Bank Holiday

By Luke May

The wife of a motorcyclist has paid tribute to her "loving husband" who died after a crash on the A21.

Michael Outlaw, 62, from Aylesford, was rushed to a London hospital after a crash at the slip road for the A26, Tonbridge, on May 6.

He died 10 days later as a result of his injuries.

Mike Outlaw, from Aylesford, died after a crash on the A21 near Tonbridge (10817711)
Mike Outlaw, from Aylesford, died after a crash on the A21 near Tonbridge (10817711)

His wife of more than 30 years, Nicky Outlaw, described Mike as a "compassionate, gentle and caring man, with a wicked sense of humour."

She said: "Mike was a loving husband, son, uncle and friend who will be missed by so many.

"He was looking forward to a ride out to Rye on a beautiful sunny day, with two of his friends and sadly never completed the ride. He loved his bikes and was one of the safest riders on the road.

"I can take comfort that he died doing something he loved and my heartfelt thanks go out to all of those people who helped at the time. You all selflessly gave him the best chance anyone could have had.

"Mike’s passing has left a huge hole in my heart and the hearts of his family and many friends that will never be filled; but I have 31 years of happy love filled memories and the love and support of so many.

"I can take comfort that he died doing something he loved and my heartfelt thanks go out to all of those people who helped at the time..." Nicky Outlaw

"Mike was one of the loveliest men I have ever had the pleasure to know and his passing is a sad loss to the human race. He shaped my life and made me the person I am and for that I shall be forever in his debt.

"A true gentleman, kind, compassionate and caring, with a wicked sense of humour."

Investigators are renewing their appeal for information after the crash at around 9.30am on Bank Holiday Monday earlier this month.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Michael Outlaw was travelling on the coastbound carriageway of the A21 when he collided with two other motorcycles.

"The incident happened at a location near to a slip road for the A26, Tonbridge."

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have seen the bikes involved, or saw them in the moments before the collision, to come forward.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have dashcam, helmet cam, Go Pro, or similar footage.

If you can help and have yet to contact Kent Police, please call the appeals line on 01622 798535 quoting AW/JG/52/19. Alternatively email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.

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