A 48-year-old motorcyclist who was killed in a crash with a lorry on the A228 at Snodland is from the Rochester area, police have confirmed.
His pillion passenger, also from the area and aged 40, is now in a stable condition at King's College hospital in London.
People at the scene have told of frantic effort to save the rider's life and to tend to his badly-injured passenger.
Police closed the road at the Ham Hill roundabout and Rockford Road after crash at 11:40am on Friday, which involved a Dutch-registered lorry.
The driver of the lorry was unharmed.
A spokesman for the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "The motorcyclist was traveling from Rochester towards the M20 and the lorry was turning when the collision happened.
"We are still seeking witnesses who saw the incident to come forward."
The unit can be contacted by calling 01622798538.
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