A young biker killed in a four-vehicle smash on a notorious north-east road lost his father in a similar motorcycle accident overseas six years ago.
Aspiring musician Craig Baxter died when his machine was involved in a collision with three vans on the A947 Aberdeen-Banff road, near Fyvie.
The accident happened just after 8am on Thursday.
Mr Baxter, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene.
In June 2008, his father Neil, 51, died when his motorcycle collided with a lorry near the town of Savognin, Switzerland.
It happened while Mr Baxter and a group of biker friends were on their way home from a break in Italy.
Yesterday, Craig’s mum Wendy was too upset to speak about the latest tragedy to hit the family.
However, friends and family of the former Banff Academy pupil flooded social networking sites with heartfelt tributes and messages of condolence.
Mr Baxter was described as a talented guitar player and a “complete musical inspiration.”
His uncle Dave Bowie posted online that the loss of his nephew “leaves a big hole in our hearts.”
Police said that investigations into the collision were ongoing and a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal in due course.
They are also appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.
Sergeant Neil Morrison, from Aberdeenshire and Moray’s road policing unit, said last night: “Our thoughts at this extremely difficult time are with the family and friends of Craig Baxter.
“We are asking for anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the vehicles prior to the incident, to come forward with information.”
Mr Baxter was riding a yellow Honda VFR at the time of the crash. He collided with a DPD parcel delivery van, a removals van and another vehicle.
The road was closed off by police for several hours while collision investigators tried to piece together what happened.
Mr Baxter worked as a non destructive technician for Drill-Quip (Europe), an offshore company, based in Aberdeen.
Before he started work with the firm, he used to give guitar lessons.
His father was also a motorcycle enthusiast – a passion he had developed as a teenager.
Mr Baxter was on an European tour with six biker friends from the north-east when he died.
Shortly before the accident, he met up with his wife who had flown to meet him at the Adriatic resort in Italy.
After he waved goodbye to her, Mr Baxter sen, a senior plant manager at St Fergus, set off on his bike again for the final leg of the journey.
It is believed he went round a corner, skidded and collided with a lorry coming in the opposite direction.
Mr Baxter sen, described by his family as a “champion”, was killed instantly.
The 38-mile long A947 has been the scene of several fatal accidents in recent years.
Aberdeenshire Council is reviewing the stretch as part of a safety campaign and has already agreed to install a series of passing places along the route.
A recent study showed that most serious accidents on the A947 were caused by wet roads. The second most common factor was drivers travelling too fast for conditions.