A police officer who starred in Sky One TV show Road Wars died along with a 91-year-old pensioner when his motorcycle smashed into a car while he was on duty.
PC James Dixon, who served with Thames Valley Police, died during the crash in the Berkshire village Wargrave on Tuesday afternoon.
The 91-year-old who also died in the crash was a passenger in the car, police said.
Tributes flooded in for the officer on social media.
On Twitter, Ryan Sheehan said: “Growing up I was a big fan of PC James ‘Dixie’ Dixon and his @tvprp colleagues as they featured in #RoadWars. It’s well respected officers like PC Dixon that inspire me to be a Police Officer. My thoughts are with all those who knew him at this very difficult time #PCJamesDixon.”
Tributes were also paid on the social media accounts of police forces across the country, while Stephen Kavanagh, chief constable of Essex Police, tweeted: “Such sad news. On behalf of all @EssexPoliceUK our love, solidarity and support are with Pc Dixon’s family, friends and colleagues.”
A post on the force’s Facebook page, which described PC Dixon as “one of the best”, has received more than 500 comments, with many saying they had watched him on the Sky One programme which followed the work of Thames Valley Police officers.
Daniel Ruffle wrote: “RIP in dixi, ride the sky and the clouds big man it was a pleasure knowing you and working with you.”
Dorset Police posted: “Very sorry to hear of your loss this evening. On behalf of everyone at Dorset Police, we’d like to send our condolences to PC Dixon’s family and everyone at TVP.”
Laura Hughes said: “Heartbreaking news. RIP both, especially the officer who died whilst doing his job protecting us all. Thoughts are with their families.”
Nicole Chantelle posted that while she had never met PC Dixon, watching Road Wars was one of the reasons she had joined the police force.
She added: “Heard so many great things about him today, we truly have lost an amazing officer. Thoughts are with all families and friends involved, especially the officers who had to attend.”
C Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station. His next of kin have been informed.
The driver of the vehicle, a woman, was also injured in the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police said.
The police watchdog have launched an investigation into the crash.
A police spokesperson said: “As is standard procedure, due to the fact that the incident resulted in the deaths of a member of the public and an on-duty police officer Thames Valley Police has made a mandatory referral to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) who have begun an investigation.”
IPCC associate commissioner Guido Liguori said: “We have been notified by Thames Valley Police of a collision on the A4 near Reading, in which, tragically, a 91-year-old woman and a police officer have died.
“My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.
“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which led to the collision.”