Police launch witness appeal for biker tragically killed after bird hit helmet on Sheffield road

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Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a grandad died in a motorbike crash.

Traffic officers are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage after a motorcyclist died in a collision in Sheffield late last month.

William 'Billy' Jackson was riding his blue Yamaha bike south on Mortimer Road towards the junction with Sugworth Road when the crash happened at 12.22pm on Tuesday March 30.

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After overtaking two other vehicles and returning to the correct side of the road, a bird flew from the offside and collided with William's helmet.

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William Jackson

This reportedly caused the motorbike to leave the road and travel in to a field, leaving the 73-year-old in a ditch.

Paying tribute, Mr Jackson's family added: "He lived life to the full and leaves us far too soon. With happy and fond memories he will be truly missed."Call 101 quoting incident number 387 of 30 March. You can email any footage through to [email protected].