Tributes paid to crash victim

By Nigel Slater Monday 22 October 2012 Updated: 25/10 13:18

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THE HUSBAND of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash near Evesham last week has paid a glowing tribute to his beloved wife.

Diana Burgess, 40, of Pershore Road in Evesham, was riding her Kawasaki 650CC motorbike along the A46 on Tuesday, October 16, when she collided with a black Peugeot 308 on the A46 between Beckford and Ashton-under-Hill.

She was declared dead at the scene by a doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance and was officially named on Friday when the coroner for Worcestershire opened and adjourned an inquest into her death.

Diana, who was born in Holland, leaves behind husband Kevin and her three children Hannah, aged five, Eva, three, and Emma, two.

Paying tribute, her husband Kevin said Diana was treasured and will be deeply missed by all those who knew her.

"As a family we are devastated by the sudden and tragic death of Diana who was a beloved wife and treasured mummy to her three princesses Hannah, Eva and Emma," he said.

"Diana had a zest for life and was renowned for her infectious laugh and vibrant personality. She was loved and treasured by all who knew her.

"Diana was born in Nijmegen in Holland, moving to England in her early 20s and was coming to consider it as home. She kept strong links with family and friends in Holland visiting and holidaying there regularly and was keen that her three children should know and appreciate their Dutch heritage.

"Diana was a keen skier and passionate biker - she had recently returned to riding after the birth of her three children. Riding her bike gave her a sense of joy, freedom and well-being.

"Diana completed a number of police biker safety awareness courses and in the weekend prior to her death had passed her test with the Institute of Advanced Motorbiking.

"We feel privileged and blessed to have had Diana in our lives and we know that she will be sadly and deeply missed by all whose lives were touched by her, including family and friends in both Holland and Evesham.

"We would like to thank all Diana's friends who have sent kind messages, wishes and prayers which have been and will continue to be of such comfort to us at this difficult time."

A man in his 40s from Bristol who was driving the car was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and held at Worcester Police Station. He was later released on police bail until December.

Anyone who saw the crash or the vehicles involved on the A46 beforehand should contact the non-emergency police number on 101 or information can be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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