A GRIEVING mum has paid tributes to her much-loved son who died in a freak accident – and has urged other young men to ditch motorbikes over safety concerns.
Hotel bar worker Aaron Bache, 19, died at the roadside in Grange Road, Gosport, when he hit a lamppost having come off his white KXR 125cc motorbike.
An inquest this week heard that he lost control of his bike having been hit by gust of wind that was up to 30mph.
Portsmouth Coroner’s Court heard Mr Bache, one of three brothers, was riding ‘completely normally’ when he went past a break in the tree line and was destabilised by a sudden gust of strong wind.
Motorists saw his bike wobble before Mr Bache took his feet off the pegs on March 7 at 12.43pm. The bike then hit the kerb and the teenager fell, rolling along the ground and hitting a lamppost.
Speaking after a coroner ruled the death was accidental, his mum Julia Bache, 50, called for young men to ditch motorbikes and get plenty of experience before taking on more powerful bikes.
She told The News: ‘I didn’t want my son to have that bike. I kept saying to him he’s going to come off it.’
This was a freak accident. His life was stolen and I’d do anything I could to change it. I can’t turn back the clock, I can’t.
‘That’s the cruellest thing in life. I should be able to make everything right and look after my boys and I just can’t help him.
The inquest on Thursday, attended by Aaron’s girlfriend Grace Welton, heard Aaron was a bar worker at various hotels. Mum-of-three Julia, of Holbrook, Gosport, said he was on his way to the Meon Valley for work, and had only gone along Grange Road as another street was shut.
‘He went the other way. It was just the wrong place at the wrong time,’ she said.
‘He was a very, very good boy. He would have done well in life, which was very sad. He enjoyed his life, he was very well liked. He had a good future. Mostly he loved going out with his friends. He spent most of the time with his brothers - between them they were a forced to be reckoned with - they had each other’s backs.’
Julia revealed how she was unable to return to work taking calls about other people’s accidents for an insurance company after her son’s death.
Brothers Jimmy, 23, and Mark, 17, were sitting alongside their mum Julia at the inquest when they heard that the crash split his aorta and spleen, the latter causing significant abdominal bleeding.
Aaron, who had passed a compulsory riding test on February 5 last year, had been staying with his grandmother Maureen Bache, on the day of his death. She said: ‘I said to him “go carefully on the bike, it’s not just windy out there it’s very gusty, just go carefully”.’
The inquest heard from model aeroplane enthusiast Christopher Smith, who was driving behind Aaron. He said: ‘His front wheel started to wobble, as I followed the wobble got more aggressive at the time. Aaron was about 4ft to 6ft from the left hand kerb and grass verge.
‘Aaron appeared to panic and put his feet down on the ground.’
He added: ‘Aaron’s front wheel then caught the kerb and Aaron was thrown from his motorcycle, caught the left hand side and Aaron was rolling side over side along the grass in the direction he had been travelling. He rolled for 10 yards before hitting a lamppost.’
Another driver, naval Petty Officer Thomas Vallender who was travelling in the opposite direction along Grange Road. He said Aaron had tried to stand up twice but fell over twice.
PO Vallender said: ‘I tried to find out how it had happened, he responded he had been blown off his bike.’
Aaron’s mum hugged PO Vallender at the end of the inquest after thanking him for stopping and helping her son.
Forensic vehicle examiner PC Steve Wootton said the weather was the ‘catalyst’ for this crash. He added: ‘It happened very quickly and trying to regain control in such a short distance would have been difficult.’
Pathologist Dr Adnan Al-badri said a 2cm benign tumour was discovered in Aaron’s brain, which could have caused headaches, dizziness or fits.
It ‘could have been operable’ but was benign and slow growing with Mr Bache having had it ‘for years,’ the pathologist said.
Blood tests were undertaken and no alcohol was found. Cannabis was found but no levels were given. Police said they could not rule out it as a contributory factor.
Ruling the teenager’s death an accident, coroner John Matthews said: ‘To me the overwhelming evidence in this case shows that he was driving completely normally as seen by witnesses until he suddenly lost control, going at normal speed, stopping at give way lines, nothing to indicate anything going wrong with his driving.
‘I’m discounting both cannabis and the brain tumour. The cause of this accident, I think the overwhelming case, is he had been suddenly, without warning, blown by a strong gust of wind when he reached the tree line.’
He added a ‘far more experienced driver’ would have been affected the same way.
Mr Matthews added: ‘It’s a freak accident which has occurred.’