The first picture of a tragic motorcyclist, killed when his bike smashed into railings, was today released.
Thomas Oakes, aged 19, died when the blue Yamaha bike he was riding hit metal railings at the junction of Amber Way and Coombs Road in Halesowen on Saturday at about 6.50pm.
Devastated relatives of the teenager have not commented following his death, but today released the picture.
Meanwhile, friends of the teenager have flooded social media websites with tributes.
Nellie Povey wrote: “He was one of the nicest young men I knew, and I’m honoured to have had him as a good friend. I’ll miss him so much.”
Alex Dudley wrote: “Very proud to have called Tom a friend. R.I.P bro.”
He added: “It makes you realise how short life can be and that you can never take anything or anyone for granted.”
Sergeant Neil Higgins said: “It doesn’t appear any other vehicles were involved or that anyone else was injured in the collision.
“Coombs Road is a fairly busy thoroughfare and we are hoping people will have been in the area and saw what happened.
He added: “Thomas has tragically lost his life and his family have been left shocked and grief stricken at his sudden death.”
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