Monday, 23 May 2022

Father pays tribute to ‘kind-hearted’ son who died after collision

Father pays tribute to ‘kind-hearted’ son who died after collision

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy who died after he was involved in a collision with a van while riding his bicycle in Whitchurch has been named as Corey Caton.

Corey, who was accompanied by his father on a bike, was heading down a steep slope on the B417 towards Pangbourne when he collided with the Volkswagen Crafter van coming the other way on Saturday, November 7.

He died two days later at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

His father described him a “kind hearted, funny, intelligent”  boy who had been taken “far too soon”.

He said: “Corey’s death has left all of his family and friends shocked and devastated, unable to accept how cruel fate can be.

“Corey had a growing creative side, while also enjoying maths, a great sense of humour – both witty and sarcastic, an enthusiasm for rock and rap music, social PlayStation gaming, and a warm fun-loving nature that meant he had a wide circle of friends both within and outside his school.

“During his far too short 12 years of life he has skied in France and Italy, parasailed in Egypt, zip lined, toured Australia and Asia, camped, attended many music festivals, cycled, helicoptered, flown in gyrocopter, moto-crossed, played bass guitar, and loved swimming in pools, sea and ocean to the point of often being labelled a fish.

“Tall and handsome and increasingly strong, he gained a brown belt in Judo, but had a little- known weak spot – that he was completely ticklish which defused any play fight.

“Corey also had a knack for winning at cards, especially ‘silly’ head where he would frequently beat his grandparents, much to his delight.

“With an everlasting knot in my stomach, a tight anxious chest and a broken heart grieving for a huge future lost, the void left is colossal as he had so much more precious fun to have and a huge life to lead.

“Corey was my much loved and admired son and best ‘little buddy’.

“In line with his beautiful character, Corey donated his organs in the hope that from this catastrophic event something, anything positive can result.”

The driver remained at the scene following the collision as paramedics and police attended and the road was closed for several hours.

Thames Valley Police said no arrests had been made.

An inquest into Corey’s death is due to be opened tomorrow (Wednesday) at Oxford Coroner’s Court.

Police appealed for witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage to call them on 101, quoting the reference number 43200364403.


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