HEARTBREAKING tributes have been paid to a motorbike passenger who was killed in a horrific crash in St Helens.
Mark Lyon, 25, sustained multiple injuries when the Kawasaki motorcycle he was travelling on collided with a red Renault Megane Scenic on City Road on Sunday evening (June 19).
Tragically, the father-of-one died at the scene.
The rider of the motorbike, a 32-year-old St Helens man, suffered serious back and internal injuries and was still in intensive care last night, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The driver of the Renault, a 34-year-old man from Thatto Heath, was not injured but was treated at the scene by paramedics for the effects of shock.
Dozens of poignant tributes have been paid to Mark Lyon on Facebook since Sunday night.
Among the messages was one from his devastated partner, Amie Byrom, which read: “RIP Mark babe. I’m lost for words. Mine and Jacobs’ world has shattered. I will NEVER let him forget you. You are his one and only daddy and me and Jacob love you so very much.
“You will never be forgotten. You will be with me and Jacob every minute of every day. Love you - sleep tight.”
Another, posted by pal Ian Lundy, read: “RIP Mark. Still hard to believe you’re gone mate. You have left us all far too early. Won’t be the same not having you cadge cigs or a lift off me. You won’t be forgotten pal. Good night, God bless.”
Emergency crews were called to the junction of City Road and Rutland Street at 9.30pm on Sunday and police quickly cordoned off a large area so collision investigators could examine the scene.
An ambulance service spokeswoman confirmed that two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle were all sent to the incident and Whiston Hospital was put on stand-by prior to the arrival of the motorbike rider.
A floral tribute to Mark, who went by the nickname “Gammy”, has since been created on a lamppost at the junction of City Road and Rutland Street, near the entrance to Victoria Park, and was frequently added to throughout Monday.
One neighbour told how she heard a “loud bang” and another said that the junction of one-way Rutland Street onto the main road was a notorious blind spot because of parked cars along North Road.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to Merseyside Police’s road traffic collision investigation department on 0151 777 5771 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.