Tributes to ‘funny’ man with ‘heart of gold’ killed in motorbike crash

A 33-year-old biker killed in a crash has been described by his family as a “funny, caring young man with the world at his feet and a heart of gold”. Damien Deluce was pronounced dead at the scene after his motorbike collided with a truck in Manchester Road, Westhoughton, on the afternoon of July 19. Paying tribute to him, Damien’s older sister Shani told the Manchester Evening News : “As a family this has been sudden and such a terrible shock to everyone.

“Damien is our little brother, 13 months younger than myself. He was such a funny, caring young man with the world at his feet and a heart of gold. READ MORE : Man, 47, charged with drink driving after three-car smash on M6 near Trafford

“He always had a job and loved to keep busy. He was the type of lad that would drop everything he is doing to help the elderly cross the road.

Damien Deluce, 33, who was killed in a motorbike crashDamien Deluce, 33, who was killed in a motorbike crash

“Damien has a large family of 12 siblings who miss him very dearly. Damien had such a close bond to his big brother Ray and his little brother Derek.

“Overall Damien was such a joy and pleasure to be around. Damien was the doting son of Fred Deluce and Wendy Wallwork and they love him very much.” The driver of the truck – a man aged in his 60s – was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was later released under investigation. PC Simon Venguedasalon, of SCIU’s Specialist Operation, said: “My thoughts firstly go out to the loved ones of the man who has sadly lost his life and we are doing all we can to support his family at this difficult time. Work is well underway to understand the circumstances of this incident and after making an arrest at the scene, there is still a thorough investigation to take place.

“That is why we’re appealing for the public to get in touch if they have any details or evidence that will help in this case to enable to piece together what is another tragic collision.” Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident 1506 of 19/07/22. Alternatively, details can be passed via the LiveChat function at or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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