A DRIVER is set to be sentenced today over the death of a motorcyclist in a crash on a Hampshire road.

Frederick Brian Moles, 53, is due to appear at Southampton Crown Court this morning following the death of motorcyclist Paul Matthews.

The 56-year-old died in hospital after a crash on the A326 at Marchwood.

Mr Matthews, from Dibden, was riding his Harley-Davidson when he was involved in a collision with a Mercedes Sprinter van.

The crash happened on the Marchwood Bypass at its junction with Staplewood Lane just after 10am on September 8 last year.

Mr Matthews was rushed to Southampton General Hospital following the collision but doctors were unable to save his life.

Moles, of Lyon Street, Southampton, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at a hearing last month.

As previously reported in the Daily Echo, the A326 was closed for several hours following the crash.

Officers appealed for anyone who saw the crash, or had dashcam footage of the collusion to come forward.

Family members of Mr Matthews also released a tribute to their loved-one following the news of his death.

In a statement, they said: “We are truly devastated and numb having been given this news.

“Paul was a fantastic, loving husband and brother. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues.”