Tributes paid to teen cyclist Michael Walker killed on Holes Bay Road

Tributes paid to teen cyclist killed on Holes Bay Road

Keen sailor Michael Walker

Floral tributes adorn a lamppost on Holes Bay Road, Poole

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FRIENDS have paid tribute to the “loveable” young man killed in an accident as he cycled on one of Poole’s busiest roads.

Keen sailor Michael Walker, 17, died on the southbound carriageway of 50mph Holes Bay Road at 1.30pm on Friday.

His road bike was in a collision with a Ford Fiesta driven by a 70-year-old man from Wareham.

Flowers have been placed at the scene, just south of the roundabout near the Broadstone Way junction.

A group of friends from Corfe Hills School in Broadstone told the Echo: “Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

“We will never forget his smile and personality which touched many. Taken away from us at such a young age, he will be sorely missed.”

He was a member of Poole Yacht Club, which is based in Hamworthy next to the ferry terminal.

Club member Stuart Regler said: “Mikey Wal-ker was a loveable, cheeky, mischievous young man who will be sadly missed by everyone, both old and young.”

Friends said on Twitter that he was a member of sea scouts and went rowing and camping.

One said: “He was a keen sailor, and always riding his bike. Such a happy, carefree kid.”

Ben, 17, from Broad-stone, told the Echo: “I was in Broadstone Middle and First School with him and have kept in very good touch ever since.

“He was such a fun guy to be around and was such a bubbly person.”

Katy Hyde, 18, from Tavistock in Devon, said: “Michael was a great guy.

“I met him on our Brownsea Island scout camp. He was always smiling and joking.

“We all learnt so much from him about sailing. He was such a lovely person and will be missed by everyone who knew him!”

Alessia Groppo, a friend from Broadstone First School, said: “The word ‘cheeky’ pretty much sums him up, that mischievous smile, and the laugh he never used to go without – it will stay with me forever.”

Police are still investigating the accident. The coroner’s office said the earliest an inquest could open is today.

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11:07am Tue 8 May 12

puglove says...

So very sad, it's always the ones with so much potential and so much to live for xx Thoughts are with his family at this awful time x
So very sad, it's always the ones with so much potential and so much to live for xx Thoughts are with his family at this awful time x puglove
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5:20pm Tue 8 May 12

tanya2407 says...

It's a shame the Echo doesn't monitor these comments before they are published. My daughter went to Corfe Hills with Michael and I would just like to send my sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael x
It's a shame the Echo doesn't monitor these comments before they are published. My daughter went to Corfe Hills with Michael and I would just like to send my sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael x tanya2407
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10:40pm Tue 8 May 12

paul-uk says...

I do hope that Michael Walkers family is not reading some of your comments! RIP young man and our thoughts go out to your family and also to the driver who must be very upset indeed with what happened. Some of you should be very ashamed.
I do hope that Michael Walkers family is not reading some of your comments! RIP young man and our thoughts go out to your family and also to the driver who must be very upset indeed with what happened. Some of you should be very ashamed. paul-uk
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8:14am Wed 9 May 12

wotsupdoc says...

My son knew Michael & is very upset. God only knows what his parents & family are going through. Some of the comments on here are so low & should be removed. RIP Michael. My sincere condolences to all of Michaels family & many friends x
My son knew Michael & is very upset. God only knows what his parents & family are going through. Some of the comments on here are so low & should be removed. RIP Michael. My sincere condolences to all of Michaels family & many friends x wotsupdoc
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9:51am Wed 9 May 12

HAMWORTHY says...

I agree with many others on how low some of the comments have been, this terrible accident has left a lot of people devestated. Thoughts should be with the family and not in writing nasty comments. RIP Mikey
I agree with many others on how low some of the comments have been, this terrible accident has left a lot of people devestated. Thoughts should be with the family and not in writing nasty comments. RIP Mikey HAMWORTHY
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11:03am Wed 9 May 12

Guy123 says...

Mikey was a wonderful friend, full of enthusiasm and energy. His cheeky carefree caring attitude was refreshing and uplifting. In all the time I knew him I never heard him moan or say a bad word about anyone. He was always smiling and made those around him happier (even when he was being harmlessly mischeivous). Many people say these kind of things about the deceased, but in Mikey's case it was true. My life was richer for knowing him. My thoughts and scincerest love go out to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by many many people. This was a tragic accident that will leave many people scarred and I hope, as would have been in Mikey's nature, the driver receives the support and care they no doubt need. Mikey was always one that thought about others feelings and in many instances, put them before his. RIP Mikey. I will miss you. x
Mikey was a wonderful friend, full of enthusiasm and energy. His cheeky carefree caring attitude was refreshing and uplifting. In all the time I knew him I never heard him moan or say a bad word about anyone. He was always smiling and made those around him happier (even when he was being harmlessly mischeivous). Many people say these kind of things about the deceased, but in Mikey's case it was true. My life was richer for knowing him. My thoughts and scincerest love go out to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by many many people. This was a tragic accident that will leave many people scarred and I hope, as would have been in Mikey's nature, the driver receives the support and care they no doubt need. Mikey was always one that thought about others feelings and in many instances, put them before his. RIP Mikey. I will miss you. x Guy123
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2:57pm Wed 9 May 12

eddie381998 says...

My sincere condolences go out to Mikey's family at this very difficult time. I too have just lost a member of my family in a road incident and it is difficult to put any feelings into words. RIP Mikey x
My sincere condolences go out to Mikey's family at this very difficult time. I too have just lost a member of my family in a road incident and it is difficult to put any feelings into words. RIP Mikey x eddie381998
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2:58pm Wed 9 May 12

Karen Ann says...

A beautiful tribute to your friend Guy123. Such sad news. Whilst I did not know Michael, I know people who did and by all accounts he sounded like a wonderful young man. My daughter goes to school with his little brother and our thoughts are with Michael's family and friends and also the driver of the car, I too hope he is being supported. Two families whose lives will never be the same again. RIP.
A beautiful tribute to your friend Guy123. Such sad news. Whilst I did not know Michael, I know people who did and by all accounts he sounded like a wonderful young man. My daughter goes to school with his little brother and our thoughts are with Michael's family and friends and also the driver of the car, I too hope he is being supported. Two families whose lives will never be the same again. RIP. Karen Ann
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11:31pm Wed 9 May 12

Traeve says...

Echo Staff Please please remove the comments made above by these people! This blog is supposed to be a tribute to my amazing nephew and there is no place for these comments in this blog! Thank you everyone else for all your kind words!
Echo Staff Please please remove the comments made above by these people! This blog is supposed to be a tribute to my amazing nephew and there is no place for these comments in this blog! Thank you everyone else for all your kind words! Traeve
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7:54am Thu 10 May 12

Darren Slade says...

Again, please confine comments to expressions of condolence and tributes to Michael, and don't speculate about the circumstances of the collision. Otherwise we will have to remove the comments facility on this report. Darren Slade, Chief Reporter.
Again, please confine comments to expressions of condolence and tributes to Michael, and don't speculate about the circumstances of the collision. Otherwise we will have to remove the comments facility on this report. Darren Slade, Chief Reporter. Darren Slade
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10:21am Thu 10 May 12

Sazzle123 says...

Michael was at first school, middle school and Corfe Hills with my daughter. He stuck up for her when others were nasty. Clearly he was a kind and decent lad who did not deserve to lose his life at such a young age. My thoughts go out to his parents and sister and brother and extended family. RIP Michael
Michael was at first school, middle school and Corfe Hills with my daughter. He stuck up for her when others were nasty. Clearly he was a kind and decent lad who did not deserve to lose his life at such a young age. My thoughts go out to his parents and sister and brother and extended family. RIP Michael Sazzle123
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11:34am Thu 10 May 12

emmasneddonxx says...

R.I.P walkey talky, i grew up with mikey and its a really sadness that he went so young , he was such a cheeky chap , we all love him and our thoughs are with his family , hes the one person you never forget R.I.P michael never forgotten xxxxx
R.I.P walkey talky, i grew up with mikey and its a really sadness that he went so young , he was such a cheeky chap , we all love him and our thoughs are with his family , hes the one person you never forget R.I.P michael never forgotten xxxxx emmasneddonxx
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1:35am Thu 17 May 12

Greg88 says...

Mikey, I knew you for 10 years, never stopping to think about the fact that one of us may part, taking life for granted. You taught me how to sail a Pico, how to hike up mountains in Wales and you broke my first bone (accidentally!). I'll see you tomorrow buddy, RIP x
Mikey, I knew you for 10 years, never stopping to think about the fact that one of us may part, taking life for granted. You taught me how to sail a Pico, how to hike up mountains in Wales and you broke my first bone (accidentally!). I'll see you tomorrow buddy, RIP x Greg88
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