'I never got to say goodbye': grieving Poole dad speaks out

'I never got to say goodbye': grieving Poole dad speaks out

RESPECTS: Floral tributes to Michael Walker adorn a lamppost on Holes Bay Road

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THE grieving father of a teenage cyclist, who died in a mystery accident on a busy dual carriageway, has spoken of his agony after never having had the chance to say ‘goodbye.’

An inquest into the death of Michael Walker, 17, heard how the keen sailor from Sopers Lane, Poole had suddenly fallen off his racing bike, into the path of a car on Holes Bay Road.

Speaking publicly for the first time after the Bournemouth hearing, Michael’s sobbing father Mark said: “I remember getting home from work that day.

“I walked in and thought Mikey was having a shower upstairs. I shouted up but there was no reply.

“I could still smell my son but then realised he had just left to go to Poole Yacht Club.

“When I tried to phone it was too late; I never got the chance to say goodbye.”

Earlier East Dorset Coroner Sheriff Payne recorded an accidental death verdict after hearing how driver John Holmes could not have avoided the collision. Mr Holmes, 70, from Wareham was behind the wheel of his red Ford Fiesta when tragedy struck on May 4.

He said: “There was something light in colour, full in front of me. The next thing I knew was my front wheels were going over something; then my back wheels. I didn’t have the chance to brake; when I looked back I could see a body lying in the road.”

Michael’s mother Debbie wept as she recalled how her son’s dream had been to join the Royal Navy, adding: “One of his greatest passions was sailing. “Mikey was a lovely lad who was always smiling. His death has left a huge void in all our lives.”

Sgt Nikki Burt told the Coroner’s Court how there had been no evidence to support the prosecution of Mr Holmes.

Witness John Rogers, who was overtaking the Fiesta, said: “The cyclist began to veer towards the middle of the road. He left the pavement and went into the path of the Fiesta.”

His front-seat passenger Anita Krzynowek said Michael hadn’t been wearing a cycling helmet, adding: “As I looked at him he fell over”.

Another witness Kerry Ann Clark said Michael had “appeared to shake and wobble” before losing control of his cycle.

No defects were found on the car but there were signs of wear on the cycle’s brakes and the saddle had been loose, the hearing was told. Mr Payne concluded: “For some reason, Michael lost control of his bike. It would appear that the fall into the road occurred at the last possible moment for Mr Holmes to react.”

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9:49am Sat 24 Nov 12

retry69 says...

A terrible tragedy,i know its a cliche but my thoughts and condolences are with you all.
A terrible tragedy,i know its a cliche but my thoughts and condolences are with you all. retry69
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11:08am Sat 24 Nov 12

BournemouthMum says...

Terrible tragedy. Agree with the post above, condolences to this lovely boy's family.
Terrible tragedy. Agree with the post above, condolences to this lovely boy's family. BournemouthMum
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12:11pm Sat 24 Nov 12

step up says...

Not saying goodbye is not needed because he will live in your hearts forever. Im sure he knew he was loved and cherished while he was alive and thats all that matters. Hold on to that.
Not saying goodbye is not needed because he will live in your hearts forever. Im sure he knew he was loved and cherished while he was alive and thats all that matters. Hold on to that. step up
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12:19pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Matthew_Y says...

I don't think there is anything than can be learnt here, it's just a very sad loss of life.
I don't think there is anything than can be learnt here, it's just a very sad loss of life. Matthew_Y
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12:21pm Sat 24 Nov 12

mansak_hunt says...

step up wrote:
Not saying goodbye is not needed because he will live in your hearts forever. Im sure he knew he was loved and cherished while he was alive and thats all that matters. Hold on to that.
so true.
so sad for all involved.
RIP young man.
Mark - stay strong, in time you will be reunited with your son.
[quote][p][bold]step up[/bold] wrote: Not saying goodbye is not needed because he will live in your hearts forever. Im sure he knew he was loved and cherished while he was alive and thats all that matters. Hold on to that.[/p][/quote]so true. so sad for all involved. RIP young man. Mark - stay strong, in time you will be reunited with your son. mansak_hunt
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12:45pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Forest_Nymph says...

Such a tragic event, my heart goes out to his family.

From experience, I know the pain of not being able to say good-bye to a loved one. It burns a hole in your heart, but will soften in time. He will live on in the memory of those who loved him x
Such a tragic event, my heart goes out to his family. From experience, I know the pain of not being able to say good-bye to a loved one. It burns a hole in your heart, but will soften in time. He will live on in the memory of those who loved him x Forest_Nymph
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2:39pm Sat 24 Nov 12

hamworthygirl says...

I know this family and they are all lovely people, a terrible tragic thing to happen. I also feel for the driver of the car as it seems it was no ones fault he must be suffering as well. My heart goes out to all the family,
I know this family and they are all lovely people, a terrible tragic thing to happen. I also feel for the driver of the car as it seems it was no ones fault he must be suffering as well. My heart goes out to all the family, hamworthygirl
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2:39pm Sat 24 Nov 12

hamworthygirl says...

I know this family and they are all lovely people, a terrible tragic thing to happen. I also feel for the driver of the car as it seems it was no ones fault he must be suffering as well. My heart goes out to all the family,
I know this family and they are all lovely people, a terrible tragic thing to happen. I also feel for the driver of the car as it seems it was no ones fault he must be suffering as well. My heart goes out to all the family, hamworthygirl
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3:06pm Sat 24 Nov 12

peter flea bite says...

I don't know this family and they are all lovely people, a terrible tragic thing to happen. I also don't know the driver of the car it was no ones fault . My heart goes out to all,
I don't know this family and they are all lovely people, a terrible tragic thing to happen. I also don't know the driver of the car it was no ones fault . My heart goes out to all, peter flea bite
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5:23pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Mikey was one of the nicest kids you'd ever meet, and although I didn't know him for long, I will never forget his smiling face and great sense of humour.
Mikey was one of the nicest kids you'd ever meet, and although I didn't know him for long, I will never forget his smiling face and great sense of humour. Letcommonsenseprevail
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12:38pm Mon 26 Nov 12

hammer says...

I son died in an RTC four years ago (on a moutain bike) and I also did not have the chance to say goodbye to him. It is his birthday on Saturday and the pain just goes on.........my condolences to you and your family.....
I son died in an RTC four years ago (on a moutain bike) and I also did not have the chance to say goodbye to him. It is his birthday on Saturday and the pain just goes on.........my condolences to you and your family..... hammer
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