Friends of a motorcyclist killed in a high-speed head-on collision with a truck on the Monaro Highway south of Tuggeranong on Wednesday are remembering him as a genuine and supportive father.
Police identified the man as Wayne Morris, 59, of Gilmore on Thursday.
Officer in charge of traffic operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said it appeared Mr Morris died instantly. "This has been one of the worst collisions we have seen in the last few years," he said.
"It was about 4.50pm when a motorcycle and a heavy vehicle were involved in a fatal collision and the motorcyclist was killed."
The crash happened near the Angle Crossing Road intersection and is the ninth death on a Canberra road this year.
Friends of Mr Morris' son Nathan, Michael and Emma Stachow, paid tribute to the man. "A more genuine, supportive and encouraging man you will never meet.
"Our thoughts and condolences are with the family on such a tragic day," the couple said.
Sergeant Anderson said the truck driver was in a "devastated state". While he had not been injured in the crash, he "has been badly shaken". He is receiving support and counselling.
He said the motorbike and truck had been heading in opposite directions on the highway, and had collided at high speed. However, he said it was not clear if speed had been a factor in the crash.
The collision and investigation reconstruction team examined the scene to determine how and why the crash happened. Officers interviewed several witnesses who saw the crash.
Police said they would prepare a report for the ACT Coroner. They are also asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at act.crimestoppers.com.au
A friend described Mr Morris as a loyal friend and family man.
Family are invited to reflect on or pay tribute to this person's life by contacting The Canberra Times via firstname.lastname@example.org or 6280 2211.
Correction: Police earlier provided an incorrect name.