TRIBUTES have been paid to a young Doncaster man killed in a motorbike crash just days before his birthday.
Friends of Karl Micklethwaite are already planning a memorial get-together this Sunday - the day he should have celebrated his 27th birthday.
Karl, a mineworker at Maltby Colliery, was riding his beloved Kawasaki Ninja motorbike towards Bawtry on the A614 Blyth Road near Bircotes on Monday afternoon when he was in collision with a car.
Police are still trying to establish what led to the crash, which involved a Ford Focus driven by a 70-year-old local woman who escaped with minor injuries and shock.
A shrine of tributes from friends of Karl - also known as Mick - was yesterday growing by the roadside near the junction with Scrooby Road.
Karl, a former Hayfield School pupil, lived on Highbury Avenue, Cantley, with his mother, Diane, and sister, Laura. Neighbours said they were too upset to talk about their loss.
Karl had worked as an underground mechanic at Maltby pit for nine years. Human resources manager Tony Wood said they were ‘shocked and saddened’.
“Karl was a very likeable and popular lad, very good at his job and highly thought of by everyone at Maltby. He will be sorely missed by all his workmates, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Karl’s family at this very sad time.”
A neighbour of the Micklethwaites said: “He was a lovely lad who was very kind and supportive of his family. His mum and sister were very upset when I saw them yesterday.”
On Karl’s Facebook page he had said he would ‘like to move abroad’ and added: “I enjoy living life to the full even if it is controversial. Always have to be doing something. I think I’m fairly athletic and enjoy keeping fit and I like spending time with my friends.”
A Facebook friend, Callum McAlpine, invited pals to join a memorial convoy down Karl’s favourite road near Lindholme to mark his birthday, starting from Finningley at noon.