The family of a young man who died in a collision in Herefordshire have paid tribute to him as “the most wonderful and talented person in the world”.

Steven James Lee, 26 and from Rhos-on-Sea near Colwyn Bay in North Wales, died in a crash on the A40 at Ganarew, between Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth.

His family said the trainee pilot was a true polymath, had almost completed his degree in medicine and was so looking forward to his future.


“He had a degree in biology, a master's in immunology, he was a pilot instructor, a piano teacher, a commissioned officer in the RAF cadets and a photographer," the family said.

“He was the most wonderful, talented and accomplished person the world has ever seen.

“Steven leaves a heartbroken family including his mum, Diane, his dad, Richard, brother and sisters Alison, Maxine, Daniel, Rachel and Leanne and his girlfriend, Sophie, with whom he had planned his future.”


Officers believe a tractor towing a trailer of bales may have been involved in the crash on Thursday, August 11 at around 9.45pm.

Anyone with information should go to West Mercia Police's website, quoting reference 760 of 11 August.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a single motorcycle crash on the A40, near to the Welsh border, at 10.09pm on the Thursday.

A local community first responder, a paramedic officer, an ambulance, two critical care paramedics together with Wales Air Ambulance from Cardiff were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition. Police officers were already on scene providing CPR to the man.

"When ambulance crews commenced emergency treatment, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”