The mother of a motorcyclist killed in a Birmingham crash has paid an emotional tribute to her “beautiful boy”.
It was, said mum Marie, a route the 41-year-old knew “like the back of his hand”.
A carpet of floral tributes have been placed at the scene.
Marie and husband Ronald are still coming to terms with the tragedy.
She said: “I had a knock on the door at 11.30 and two police officers were outside. I was hoping they were going to tell me Leon was in hospital, but that wasn’t what they told me.
“I am devastated, I cannot stop crying. I’m wearing his dressing gown.”
Leon, from Small Heath, went to Holy Trinity School and worked at JLR. Unmarried, he had a brother and sister and the family ties were strong. He had spent the day before the accident with his sister and her children.
Leon’s hobbies were computers, bikes and cars.
“He is my beautiful boy, always,” said 62-year-old Marie. “He had a heart of gold. His nieces and nephews, he loved them so much.
“He wasn’t rowdy, he didn’t do none of that. He was always happy and had lots of friends.”
To those friends, Leon was affectionately known as Trick. He was an experienced motorcyclist and had the machine he crashed on for just over a month.
“He wore all the proper gear,” said Marie, “and paid a lot of money for it all. He had the best helmet, he paid £200 for the latest pair of gloves.”
She added: “He was setting up all his plans for the future and then this happens. He always wanted to travel to Japan and China.
“My home has been full every day since it happened. We have a big family and they’ve all been round.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service said they attended the crash scene at 9.15pm. Present were two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and a critical care paramedic to the scene.
“On arrival, we found one patient, the motorcyclist, in a critical condition,” said an ambulance service spokeswoman.
“Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care on scene but, sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent that nothing more could be done to save him and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
“The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries.”
A message on one of the floral tributes tied to a lamppost reads: “He was one of the best lads in the world, rest in peace, God love to all his family.”
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