THE motorcyclist killed in a crash on the A419 has been named by police as Stephen Speakman.

The 55-year-old from North Swindon was riding northbound along the A-road on his Yamaha motorcycle when he struck a Kia Sorento car shortly after 6pm on Monday evening north of the A361 Highworth Road junction.

Passers-by described seeing the emergency services performing CPR.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics from Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the South Western and South Central ambulance services, he died at the scene.

The driver of the Kia Sorento was unhurt in the crash.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: "Our thoughts remain with Stephen's family at this difficult time."

Crash investigators closed the A419 between Dorcan and Blunsdon for more than three hours on Monday night as they probed the cause of the accident.

Police have asked for any witnesses to the collision to contact 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A file on Mr Speakman's death will now be prepared on behalf of the coroner for Wiltshire.

Swindon Advertiser readers offered their condolences online after we first reported on the incident.

This was the second crash to occur on the A419 that evening - a Toyota Yaris and a Ford Fiesta crashed around 200m north of the Dorcan turning just before 5.45pm.

No-one was injured.