Motorcyclist's family seek answers

GRIEVING family of motorcyclist Lee Smith are still seeking answers about the death of their loved one.Police believe 20-year-old Lee was left to die by friends after he crashed his motorbike at Neptune Quay last Wednesday night.

GRIEVING family of motorcyclist Lee Smith are still seeking answers about the death of their loved one.

Police believe 20-year-old Lee was left to die by friends after he crashed his motorbike at Neptune Quay last Wednesday night..

Now his grieving mother Sandra Proctor has called for anyone with her young son at the time to come forward.

She said: "We don't want to blame anyone, no-one's in trouble. We just want to know what happened because they were his last moments."

Lee's sister Sam also appealed for information. She said: "They were probably just young lads who ran off when they saw what happened – it must have been very frightening what happened.

"But it's just so horrible to think of him being left there dying."

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The death of young Lee has come as a devastating blow to a family already coping with tragedy.

Lee's dad is in hospital fighting cancer and has yet to take in the death of his son.

Sam said: "He's on lots of drugs so he really hasn't come to terms with it. Lee was always his little boy – it just hasn't sunk in at all."

Lee's family have been beset by well-wishers at their Turner Road, Ipswich, home.

He was a popular and well-known lad throughout the Gainsborough Estate and his death has left many grieving outside the family circle.

Sam said: "He was just a typical lad – liked a few beers with his mates, went fishing with his dad and his mates and loved having a laugh.

"He was just happy-go-lucky, didn't think about the future and never worried about anything.

"He had a nick-name for everybody and always had a twinkle in his eye and he was a real one for the ladies.

"Just go and have a look at the flowers at the site – they're all from girls."

Bunches of flowers are clustered around a small corner of Neptune Quay, marking the spot where Lee fell after he hit a barrier across the road.

And it those flowers and the cards that cram every shelf and surface in her living room that are helping Mrs Proctor get through the horror of her son's death.

She said: "I've just been numb since it happened, but it makes me feel better to go down and look at the flowers.

"It makes you feel like you are still with him. I just keep on expecting him to come and knock at the door."

Lee was known to everyone for his humour. The lad nearly everyone knew as Bonker was always joking, whether it was teasing his little cousins or his older sister and three brothers.

One story which seemed to sum him up was a story from his school days. Mrs Proctor said: "He went and told the dinner lady he was a vegetarian because he didn't like peas."

Lee's death has been particularly hard for some his younger friends. Friend of the family, 11-year-old Dianne Hamilton wrote her very own poem for the young man who had been more like an older brother to her.

And Sam summed up the family's feelings when she said: "We all really loved him and he will be really, really missed."

A police spokeswoman added her voice to those of Lee's family members in calling for witnesses to come forward.

She said: "We understand that Lee Smith's family have been left devastated by this tragic accident.

"We continue to appeal to those in the area at the time to come forward so officers can continue to piece together details of the accident."

Anyone with any information should contact Pc Bryan Scanlon on 01473 613500.

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