A 16-year-old boy from Whitchurch who died following a two-vehicle collision last week has been described as a “bright flame” by his parents.
Mac Sutcliffe was riding his motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a white Mercedes van on Friday at the junction of Harroway and Bloswood Lane, in Whitchurch.
The incident took place at 7.23am, with two South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) officers and two rapid response vehicles then being called to the scene to treat the youngster.
Mac sustained life-threatening injuries from the crash, and despite being rushed by paramedics to Basingstoke hospital, he sadly passed away a short time after arrival.
And in a statement released by Hampshire Constabulary today, the teenager’s parents paid tribute to their “beloved son”.
They said: “It is with enormous sadness that we announce that our beloved son, Mac Sutcliffe, died in a motorcycle accident on October 14.
“He was a bright flame and shone so brightly in so many lives.
“We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support.
“It is appreciated and much needed.
“May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Friends and well wishes also took to social media to leave touching tributes for the popular former Testbourne Community School pupil, with one describing him as “such a good person” who “always had a smile” on his face.
Jay Black said: “Ever since I met you, I knew that you were gonna be a close friend, and you really were, not just to me, but to everyone.
“I love you so much buddy you will be whole heartedly missed and forever loved.”
Adrianna Hastings wrote: “Gonna miss you Mac, you really were someone special, I think you touched just about everyone’s heart!”
Barry Hudson added: “R.I.P. Mac forever in our thoughts.”
The van driver and his passenger, both 31-year-old men from Reading, were uninjured from the collision,
A police investigation is now underway to establish what happened, with anyone with any information asked to call police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44160388093.