Ashar Niazi, 35, was riding his £19,000 Yamaha YZF R1M superbike with three friends on an early morning ride from south London to Seaford in East Sussex, following a route they regularly rode to the beach, when the accident happened. He was riding in front on his 1,000cc machine when he hit the bird on the A22 in the village of Godstone, Surrey, ten miles into the 60-mile trip.
Paramedics could not save Mr Niazi, an IT engineer from South Croydon, and he was pronounced dead at the scene just after 7am on August 14. Mr Niazi’s children were Yaseen, ten, and Ayisha, who turned six the day after he died. He was due to celebrate her birthday on the day he was killed. His widow, Mahnaz, wrote online: ‘My whole world has come crashing down and I never thought I would have to face such hard times.’
More than 300 people attended Liverpool University graduate Mr Niazi’s funeral and this weekend his friends are riding in convoy to his grave at Lambeth Cemetery in south London. More than £5,500 has been raised for the charity Penny Appeal after a JustGiving page was set up in his name. His widow wants the money used to build wells in Pakistan and Ethiopia.