THE family of a 23-year-old man who died in a crash on the M62 in the early hours of Sunday have paid a touching tribute to the 'kind-hearted, intelligent and caring person'.

Owen Baugh was riding a red Suzuki motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a black Audi A4 car on the westbound carriageway between junction seven at Rainhill Stoops and junction six at Tarbock Island shortly before 12.30am.

He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The driver of the car, a 36-year-old man, remains in hospital.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing, Merseyside Police said today.

Mr Baugh's family have now issued a moving tribute to the biker, from Manchester, following his death.

In a statement, they said: "Owen was a kind-hearted, intelligent, hardworking and caring person who had not only a unique look but a unique personality.

"He made sure he included everyone regardless of who they were, from his closest friends and family to people he had just met - Owen would go above and beyond for people to make sure everyone was happy, healthy and safe.

"Owen had a presence which filled any room he walked in and to anyone he was around.

"He loved his hobbies and passions, but his friends and family more - he will be missed by everyone.

"During his time with us, he achieved so much and did so much for others - a true gentleman, unlike no other, a big part of anyone whose life he was in will now be missing.

"Rest in peace Owen."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the force on 101, quoting incident number 21000262447, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.