Tributes flood in to tragic biker

LOVING tributes have been paid to an Ipswich motorcyclist who died after his bike collided with a telegraph pole.Chris Hutchison was riding his Yamaha Thundercat motorcycle along Grundisburgh Road when the accident happened at about 2.

LOVING tributes have been paid to an Ipswich motorcyclist who died after his bike collided with a telegraph pole.

Chris Hutchison was riding his Yamaha Thundercat motorcycle along Grundisburgh Road when the accident happened at about 2.20pm on Monday.

The 21-year-old, from Oak Hill Lane, Ipswich, was today fondly remembered by friends and colleagues.

He worked as a service delivery assistant in the engineering department at First Group Buses in Ipswich. Chris Gordon, engineering supervisor and Mr Hutchison's immediate supervisor, said he would be greatly missed by all who knew him.

“Chris was an exceptional employee - dedicated, hardworking and full of enthusiasm,” he said. “I knew him as a colleague and friend and I shall miss him greatly, as will everyone here at the Ipswich depot.”

Friends of the keen biker have flooded the Evening Star website and his Facebook page with messages in tribute to his life, cut short.

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A work colleague, John Hitsom, said he was with the 21-year-old when the accident happened.

In his touching tribute to Mr Hutchison, “the brother I never had,” he said: “It was a tragic accident but he was not alone, I was with him at his side the whole time, there was no suffering and no pain apart from the pain now in many many peoples hearts, none more so than his family.”

He added his thanks to the people at the scene, who stopped to help his friend as he fought for his life.

“Everyone who attended the scene done everything they could, and the two people who stopped to help, I thank you,” he said.

Mr Hitsom described his friend as “friendly, honest, a fun guy.”

He wrote: “Hadn't known him long, but long enough to know if ever I was in trouble he'd be there.

“I am proud to say that I knew Chris and was honoured to be his friend and he taught me so much about being a decent person, which came naturally to him.”

Police were alerted to the accident by the ambulance service, who conveyed Mr Hutchison to Ipswich Hospital for treatment after he suffered serious head injuries.

He died a short time after the accident, at the hospital.

Police officers are renewing appeals for anyone who saw the collision to call PC Paul Carr at the serious collision investigation team on 01473 613500.

Emma Dobson said: “Chris, last time we spoke you seemed so happy, like everything was going well for you, minus a broken bike. I have so many good memories shared with you, playing pokemon on our gameboys in CCP, Those lazy days at Co-op Hills. I pulled out my old jacket today, In memory of the good times. You were such a genuine, friendly guy. It's such a shame. R.I.P hun, Always in our memories. Love Emma. Xx

On the Evening Star website Dan Willis from Ipswich said: “Chris is a top bloke and will be sadly missed by all, especially those from CB.”

Jamie Clarke said: “Chris I don't know what to say, but you will be sorely missed.

“My thoughts go out to you and your family. You were a great person and a wonderful friend and I am proud to have known you mate. R.I.P I will miss u xx.”

Victoria Binnington said: “Life is so cruel, one minute we are here and the next we are gone.

“You were an ace guy, who knew how to make people laugh and smile, and listen and who had such a taste for life.

“Your family and friends are going to miss you like crazy, and we are thinking of you and your family. “It's such a shame you had to pass away from what you loved, and was your pride and joy. Rest in Peace.”

Ben Calver said he was the life and sole of the party.

“You'll be sorely missed my friend. You where the life of the party!

“Things won't be the same without you! My thoughts are with your family now and always, I hope you rest in peace.”

Dan Davidson added: “R.I.P Chris you will be sorely missed and never forgotten. You were so intelligent and always a laugh I will always remember the time we went out on your bike that was a laugh, The Xbox 360 days were immense as well. You will be sorely missed mate.”

Tom Clarke said: “R.I.P mate I can't believe you're gone. You were a great mate always a laugh to be with and you never ran out of anything to say. But that was you. Still finding it hard at the moment as I only saw you yesterday and we were going to go out for a cruise in our cars during this week.

“Buddy you really were a true biker and I will miss all the great times we had. You will be missed so much by everyone and thanks for being a great friend.”