Beautiful’ boy, 16, who died in bike crash pictured as mum says her ‘heart is broken’
The mum of a 16-year-old boy who died in a bike crash in Wales says her “heart is broken” as she paid emotional tribute.
Joshua Fletcher was hit by a Ford Focus while riding his bicycle home from college at just before 2pm in Newport on Friday.
The driver, a 28-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving, Gwent Police said.
Joshua’s mum has now shared a heartbreaking tribute to her “beautiful baby boy”, describing him as thoughtful and caring.
She wrote on Facebook: “RIP my beautiful baby boy love you so much my heart is brokem.
“I just want to be with you but with Covid I can’t love you so so much my precious boy sleep tight go and be with bampy until we meet again my baby boy.”
In another post she said: “Rip my beautiful baby boy Joshua Fletcher… you will be sadly missed by a lot of people you was a lovely thoughtful caring young boy I’m so proud of the person you become xxxx”
The family of 16-year-old boy who was killed after being knocked off his bike have paid tribute to the “lovely” teenager.
Joshua, who had just started studying mechanics at Nash College, was thrown 10ft in the air when he was hit off his bike, a witness told the family.
They’ve thanked the man who stayed with him until the emergency services came, Wales Online reports.
The former Duffryn High School pupil was involved in a crash with a grey Ford Focus on Friday.
The driver of the Focus, a 28-year-old man from the Rhondda Cynon Taf area, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in police custody, Gwent Police confirmed.
Officers are investigating and appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or anyone who may have dashcam footage to contact them.
The 16-year-old, who played for Pill Harriers RFC, has been described by his family described him as a “lovely lad” who was “crazy about cars and loved his rugby”.
Joshua’s uncle, Simon Tovey, said: “He always had a smile whenever you saw him, would do anything for anyone.
“He was a lovely lad and always wanted to make people happy.
“He had just started college a month ago studying mechanics he was crazy about cars, he loved his rugby; he played for Pill Harriers.”
Mr Tovey said that Joshua “loved his family” before adding “this is a massive loss for all of us.”
Pill Harriers RFC also paid tribute to Joshua, writing on social media: “Yesterday we received the devastating news that one of our aspiring Harriers was taken way too young at the age of just 16.
“Josh was a talented, polite and friendly young man who was loved by us all at the club, fly high mate.
“Our are thoughts are with the family, anything we can do to help please let us know.”
Joshua’s auntie and uncle, Samantha Fletcher and Simon Tovey, have started a fundraising page to help the family cover funeral costs.