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Don’t ride scramble’ bikes—dead boy’s dad pleads with kids

PUBLISHED: 20:02 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

The street corner where Kane (inset) crashed

The street corner where Kane (inset) crashed

THE dad of a schoolboy killed when the scramble bike he was riding burst into flames in a road crash has appealed to teenagers in East London not to ride the death’ machines. Teenager Kane Theodore was burned all over his body when the off road’ bike caught fire after colliding with a car. The 15-year-old died in hospital after friends and family said goodbye’ to him at his bedside

By Victoria Huntley

THE dad of a schoolboy killed when the scramble bike he was riding burst into flames in a road crash has appealed to teenagers in East London not to ride the death’ machines.

Teenager Kane Theodore was burned all over his body when the off road’ bike he was riding caught fire after colliding with a car in Limehouse last Friday night.

The 15-year-old died later in hospital after friends and family said goodbye’ to him at his bedside.

Kane’s father Albert Theodore doesn’t know where the bike his son was riding came from.

“I didn’t get the bike for him or give him the money to get it,” he told the East London Advertiser.

“He was just a normal boy, doing well at school and had lots of friends. Everybody loved him and now he’s been taken away from us.”

Mr Theodore warned other youngsters not to ride these off road’ motorbikes.

“So many kids have been hurt,” he added. “Kane is the second one from round here to be killed riding one of these bikes.

“I just want to say to all the kids—don’t do it.”

A second boy riding pillion on the motorbike with Kane when it crashed at Limehouse Causeway, at the junction with Three Colt Street, was still in hospital this week. But his injuries were not life-threatening.

A tribute page to Kane, known to his friends as Fizz Man, has been set up on the Facebook social networking website. Comments have been left by shocked friends and family.

Traffic police are appealing for witnesses to Friday evening’s crash in Three Colt Street to contact the East London investigation unit at Chadwell Heath on 020-8597 4874, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

Kane’s funeral is on Wednesday (Jan-28) at St Mary and St Joseph RC Church in Upper North Street, Poplar, at 10.30am, followed by burial at City of London cemetery in Manor Park.

Traffic police are appealing for witnesses to contact the East London Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath on 020-8597 4874, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.


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