The family of a police officer and former soldier have said they will always be “proud” of him after he tragically died in a crash while enjoying his passion for motorbikes.
Patrick Casey, 29, was riding in North Yorkshire on July 18 when the smash took place and he was pronounced dead a short time later after emergency services arrived at the scene.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed on Wednesday that he was serving police officer with the force.
The collision occurred at around midday and involved a black Suzuki Gsx 1300 motorbike, a white Ford Fiesta and a grey Seat Leon.
The occupants of the other vehicles sustained minor injuries and are assisting police with their enquiries.
Before his policing career, Mr Casey, from Hull, spent 10 years in the army, primarily with the Air Corps.
He leaves behind his parents, brother and sister as well as many close friends and colleagues.
In a statement, the family said: “Pat was an absolutely wonderful son and brother. The middle child of three, he was our rock, like a best friend.
“We were, and always will be, incredibly proud of him.
“Unfortunately, Pat passed away whilst doing one of his life’s greatest loves, riding his motorbike – something he loved to do whenever he got a spare moment.”
Mr Casey, who was also a big fan of rugby league side Hull Kingston Rovers, started with North Yorkshire Police in September 2020 after a decade in the armed forces.
His family said: “He spoke regularly about what he had achieved that day, and according to his colleagues, he was incredibly passionate about helping people, especially the vulnerable.
“He was absolutely buzzing when he was passed to go out on his own.”
They added: “Since losing him, we have been absolutely heartbroken and lost without him. He’s left behind a huge hole in our hearts that can never be filled.
“But we have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from family and friends of both ours and Pat’s. We know he will be missed by so many.
“We can 100 percent say that heaven has prematurely gained the brightest of new stars. Rest in peace Tricky.”
North Yorkshire Police major collision investigator Laura Cleary said: “This was a tragic incident which has taken the life of a motorcyclist and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this incredibly sad time.
“Our investigation remains ongoing as we work to establish the circumstances leading up to the collision.”