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Downham moped crash victim Jack Bowker's family pay tribute
Jack Bowker was picking up a takeaway for his mum on Mother's Day when his moped skidded on a wet road
THE mum of a 17-year-old motorcyclist who died after crashing on Mother’s Day has spoken of her grief at losing "my friend, my angel, my rock".
Jack Bowker was picking up a takeaway for his mum Deborah at around 2.50pm when his black Gilera slipped on a wet road – close to where a drain had flooded - and he skidded under a parked car on Warren Avenue, Downham.
The teenager, from nearby Ravensbourne Avenue, was the youngest of four brothers – James, Paul and Tom - and passed away from his injuries surrounded by his family on Monday.
Mrs Bowker says she has been overwhelmed with tributes to the popular former Ravensbourne Secondary School pupil.
The 47-year-old told News Shopper: "He was a very popular boy. He would help anyone out. "We can’t keep up with all the messages.
"I was in hospital and he came to visit me every single day.
"I just keep expecting him to come through the door – I can’t believe it. "He was my youngest, so it was always me and him. He could talk to me about anything and I could talk to him. "He was my friend, my angel, my rock."
His 21-year-old brother James Bowker added: "We all said goodbye to him. "We are all thinking of him. We miss him. All he wanted was just to look after my mum."
Mrs Bowker, who believes the flooded drain on Warren Avenue caused her son’s death, said: "There was water coming out of the drain. His bike just slipped and he skidded under a car.
"But now, ironically, they have put a sign up."
She added: "Never buy a bike and always make sure you have your crash helmet done up."
Aaron Parsons lives in Ravensbourne Avenue just a few doors away from where Jack lived with his mum.
The 33-year-old said: "There wasn’t a bad bone in his body and he always had a smile on his face.
"He was very quiet and supported his whole family and he was always there when you needed him.
Around 40 young people gathered at the flower-strewn accident scene this morning, also expressing their grief on Twitter and Facebook.
Brooke Wilkinson said: "RIP Jack Bowker, such a lovely boy gone so soon and we all loved you back in school! Such a sad thing to hear, RIP hun much love."
And Molly wrote: "You taught me and everyone else some of the most valuable lessons in life. You will be truly missed. RIP Jack Bowker."