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Swansea crash victim was 'hero' soldier Johnathan Smith

Johnathan Smith
Image caption Johnathan Smith became a fitness instructor after a military career

The family of a motorcyclist who died after a collision with a car in Swansea says he was a "hero" soldier with a 22 year distinguished military career.

Johnathan Smith, 45, suffered fatal injuries in the crash in Alexandra Road, Gorseinon at about 19:30 BST last Tuesday.

His family said he was an action man who had served with the Queen's Dragoon Guards in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He later became a fitness instructor.

Paying tribute to him in a statement, Mr Smith's family said he was larger-than-life with a soft heart who would do anything for anyone.

"His distinguished military career made him a hero to his country. But to his family and friends he was a hero for being a most wonderful dad, son brother and friend," the family statement said.

"His parents, Brian and Maureen, are truly devastated by the loss of such a wonderful son.

"His children, Jack and Megan, have lost a terrific dad who loved them dearly.

"His sister Lucy, his brothers, Kevin and Matthew, his partner Catherine and his best friend Ali will forever miss their hero.

"The overwhelming number of tributes and support we have received brings great comfort to us all.

"The impact Johnathan made on the lives of so many is a source of strength for his entire family. Johnathan would do anything for anyone and always had a smile on his face."

'Truly missed'

They added: "Johnathan was a proud soldier and a proud Welshman. He served with the Queen's Dragoon Guards in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan in a 22 year career.

"But Johnathan always wanted to come home to his beloved Wales and he did so four years ago where he became a fitness instructor."

"Johnathan will never be forgotten and will be truly missed by all who knew him."

The crash happened after the silver coloured Kawasaki ZX6R motorcycle Mr Smith was riding collided with a grey coloured Nissan Micra at the junction with Park Road.

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the collision or saw the vehicles being driven prior to the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 01792 456999 or 101, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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