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Tributes flood in for teenage motorcycle crash victim
TRIBUTES have poured in for a teenage motorcyclist with a "heart of gold" who died after a crash in Bourne End last week.
19-year-old Ryan Leech died after his black Yamaha bike, which his family called his "pride and joy", hit a pillar on Hedsor Road on Friday afternoon.
He was taken to hospital following the collision, but died from his injuries, police said.
Friends and relatives have laid flowers at the scene and flooded social media with messages of shock and grief for the former Great Marlow School pupil from Booker Place, High Wycombe.
His family have issued a statement, which says: "Ryan was a typical 19-year-old. He enjoyed going out, being with his mates and spending time with his girlfriend Nikki.
"One of his biggest passions was his motorbike which was his pride and joy.
"He had a heart of gold and would have done absolutely anything for anyone. Our lives have been totally devastated and will never be the same again.
"We don’t know how we are going to carry on without him. Ryan will remain in our hearts forever."
Linton Nash, acting headteacher at Great Marlow, led tributes from the school where Ryan became a school prefect.
He said: "The staff and pupils of Great Marlow School were shocked and extremely upset to learn of the news that Ryan had passed away following an accident in Bourne End last week.
"Ryan was an exceptionally popular member of his year group who contributed to the life of the school in many ways.
"Whilst Ryan was a quiet young man, he always had a smile on his face and had developed the skills and qualities which saw him chosen as a prefect in Year 10.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan's family and friends at this sad time."
Floods of Facebook messages have been posted for the Slush Puppie maintenance worker, described by his friends as "kind, funny and genuine."
His girlfriend Nikki Davis posted: "I will always love you. You meant so much to me and made me very happy. I was a lucky girl to have you. Will never stop loving you.
"So many people have laid flowers for you baby. You would be proud! Sleep tight my boy."
Facebook friend Jessie Taylor-Ashby said: It" doesn't seem real, only saw you the other day! You had a heart of gold! Rest in peace Ryan, you'll never be forgotten! Always in our hearts xxxxxx"
And Aimee Benning wrote: "RIP Ryan you were one of the most kind, funny and genuine people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Rest in peace sweetheart."
Ryan leaves behind a large extended family which includes his parents, three sisters, Stacey, Danielle, Nicole and his younger brother Archie.
Buckinghamshire Coroners confirmed an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on Tuesday.
Hedsor Road was closed for almost three hours last Friday while officers investigated the scene after the crash, which happened at 2.30pm.
Police are urging anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward with information.
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