Detectives say Carl Dawson was riding a Lexmoto XTR 125 CC motorcycle and is believed to have been driving west along Princedom Street when the tragedy took place on Tuesday night
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The death of a dad-of-four in a motorcycle crash is now being treated as murder, police have said.
Carl Dawson, 43, was involved in a crash at about 11.45pm on Tuesday in the Moston area of Manchester.
At first, the incident was being investigated by GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit.
But detectives are now treating it as a murder, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Footage has been recovered of a car pursuing Mr Dawson prior to the crash.
A vehicle suspected of being the car involved has been recovered.
Detectives say Mr Dawson was riding a Lexmoto XTR 125 CC motorcycle and is believed to have been driving west along Princedom Street, at the corner where the road becomes Hillier Street.
Officers are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Alicia Smith, from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “A number of lines of enquiry have been carried out since this incident occurred by our Serious Collision Investigation Unit but we’ve now launched a murder investigation as lines of enquiry have now led us to believe this man was being chased by a white vehicle at the time.
“Our thoughts remain with the man’s family who are understandably distraught and coming to terms with what has happened.
“We’re continuing to appeal for information – especially anyone who may have seen the vehicle which was behind the motorcycle at the time.
“Anyone who may have any information or has any dashcam footage is asked to contact us – even the smallest information may prove vital.”
Mr Dawson’s family have paid tribute to a ‘one in a million’ joker who always made them laugh.
In statement Mr Dawson’s nine sisters and brother, said: “He was a much loved son, father, brother, uncle that would do anything for anybody never failed to make you smile . Anything needed fixing he could do it.
“His life has been taken and we want answers. He had no enemies.”
CCTV footage obtained by police and Mr Dawson’s family shows a white car following him closely.
His family has now been told the car has been recovered and was stolen – and that his death is now being treated as murder.
Following the crash family and friends lay flowers, cards and cans of Carling Black Label – which he drank – at the scene and talked of how much they would miss him.
His brother-in-law Paul Taylor, 37, who lives in Newton Heath said: “He was the most funny, bubbly and outgoing person I have met.
“He guided me in life. He gave me my street education.
“He was like a big brother to me, he would pick me up from school. He was the best dad to his children.
“He was a misfit in life, he was so misunderstood.
“Some of the choices he made in life may have been wrong but his heart was in the right place.
“His nickname was glasses because he always wore glasses.”
Cards left at the scene called Carl by his nickname ‘Glasses’ and told of missing him.
One card read: “To Glasses, we will miss you my little bro – I’ll be here for the kids.”
Daughter Keely Burns, 20, a carer from Blackley said: “He was always there for us.
“We were like best friends and he was one in a million.
“All the things that came out of his mouth were jokes.
“I am so shocked. I went to identify his body and I don’t think it has quite hit me yet.
“I am going to miss him 100 per cent.”
Anyone with information is asked to report it online or by using our LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk or by calling 0161 856 0055. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.