Family pay tribute to ‘larger than life’ biker after fatal Wigan crash

Both rider and passenger were tragically killed.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 17th April 2024

The family of the second victim of a crash in Wigan have paid a moving tribute to him.

Leslie Baron, 56, had been the passenger on a motorbike when it was involved in a road traffic collision with a car.

Both Leslie and the rider – 21-year-old Lewis Durham – were unseated and suffered serious injuries.

Lewis tragically died at the scene despite the efforts of emergency services, while Leslie passed away several hours later in hospital.

Leslie’s family have now issued a tribute to him, describing him as a ‘larger-than-life character’ who loved his dogs, biking and golf.


His family also praised the hospital staff who cared for him in his final hours.

They said: “It is with a heavy heart that we write this message in tribute to Leslie Baron, known to us as “Lez”. He was a much-loved brother, uncle, and a friend to many.


“We would firstly like to thank the emergency services and the members of the public for all their efforts in helping him at the scene of the collision. We extend our praise to the hospital staff at Aintree Hospital also.

“Lez was a larger-than-life character who loved his dogs, riding his motorbike, and playing golf. He would do anything for anyone. He will be missed deeply by us all.

“May he rest in peace; we will love you always.”


The crash occurred on Ormskirk Road in Wigan shortly after 7.15pm on Saturday 13 April, at the junction with Billinge Road.

The driver of the car involved, a 41-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and causing serious injury by careless driving. He has since been released on bail.

Lewis Durham tributes Wigan death
Lewis Durham, who was also killed in the collision in Wigan. Credit: GMP

Lewis’s family yesterday issued the below tribute to him, the second victim of the fatal crash in Wigan.

“It is with great sadness that Lewis has been so tragically taken away from us. He sadly passed away in a road traffic accident in Wigan on Saturday 13th April.

“The youngest in our family with the world at his feet. He’s left a huge hole in our family, our hearts are absolutely broken. He was always a happy, fun-loving character, who had everything going for him in life, loved by everyone and had the best of friends. A loving son, grandson, and little brother.


“We’d like to thank the emergency services and people who assisted him at the scene who comforted him in maybe his last moments. We’ll cherish every memory we have of you, Lewis.

“We’re all beyond proud of you and will miss and love you forever. You’re now the brightest star in the sky Lewis. Love you forever and always Mam, Dad, Grandma, Granda, Nana, and your two big sisters.”

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