A biker has died in a crash on the deadly Isle of Man TT racing road – just 10 minutes after meeting his father for the first time in 35 years.
Paul Cowell, 56, was killed instantly after colliding with a motorhome on the notoriously dangerous road just moments after reuniting with his father.
The father-of-two and stepfather are believed to have been blinded by the sun as he made his way to the Guthrie Memorial on the A18 Snaefell Mountain Road in Lezayre.
The road – famous among motorcyclists – does not impose a speed limit and is well known for its hairpin turns.
More than 270 people, including runners, passers-by and motorists, are believed to have died on the deadly track.
Motorbike daddy, Paul had just met his own father for the first time in three and a half decades, before tragically passing away moments later.
Her stepdaughter Demi Ramshaw, 22, told Lancs Live: “It’s a horrible story.
“Paul found his father, whom he had not seen for 35 years, for the first time, then ten minutes later he unfortunately lost his life.”
Paul – who had recently become a grandfather – even proudly faced his sons to meet their grandfather for the first time.
Demi explained, “Then he left for one last ride to visit the spot where his mother’s ashes were strewn near Mountain Road.
“Me and my partner Danny just had a baby who is only 12 days old
and he had only met him once. It is absolutely tragic.
“I think his mate Nicola is still in shock. She traveled to
the Isle of Man to see it.
Now his family are desperately trying to get Paul home to say goodbye to him, but are battling gigantic costs.
The cheapest they were quoted was £ 6,000 to bring the Isle of Man native back to his home in Fleetwood, where he worked as a truck driver.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help raise funds to cover costs
travel and funeral arrangements for the late dad.
“DO WHAT HE LOVES THE MOST”
Demi continued, “We’ve received thousands of pretty important quotes from some funeral directors, but we think this may be the cheapest.
“We are currently at £ 2,570 and have around 10 to 12 days to go
the body is freed so any little help.
“We are truly grateful to everyone who has donated so far.”
Paul sadly leaves behind his two sons, Daniel, 32, Darren, 29, his stepdaughter Demi, 22, his partner of 16 Nicola Clark, 40 and his 12 day old grandson, Lake Reeve.
Demi touchingly told donors that he “won his wings way too early, while doing what he loves most, riding motorcycles.”
Isle of Man Police said an investigation into the cause of the crash was underway.
An investigation was opened and adjourned at the Douglas courthouse on Friday.