South East Wales

Darren Hancox: Tributes after motorcycle crash in Vale of Glamorgan

Darren Hancox
Image caption Darren Hancox had a "great passion" for motorcycling, his family said

Tributes have been paid to an experienced motorcyclist who died after a head-on collision with a van.

The Honda 600cc bike ridden by Darren Hancox, 38, crashed as he was riding towards St Brides Major on the B4265 from Ewenny in the Vale of Glamorgan.

He was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision at about 12:10 BST on Wednesday.

The taxi driver from Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, was always happy and dedicated to his family, his parents said.

Garry and Tegwen Hancox said: "Darren was a much-loved son and brother to Amanda and brother-in-law to Matthew and uncle to Cerys and Cameron and close to family friend Sian.

"He was an experienced motorcycle rider and was always working on his bike to keep it in perfect condition. Motorcycling was his great passion.

"He worshipped his niece and nephew and was dedicated to his family.

"Darren lived life to the full and was always calm, smiling and happy.

"We are all devastated and heartbroken and will cherish all the great times and wonderful memories Darren gave us."

Mr Hancox lived at home with his parents and had been a taxi driver in Cardiff for the past four years.

His motorbike collided with a white Ford transit van that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the manner in which the vehicles were being driven prior to the collision.

Officers are also particularly keen to speak to two cyclists who provided assistance at the scene.

South Wales Police asked anyone with information to contact the roads policing unit on 01656 869332, or by calling 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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