Jack Boast tributes: 'It's a horrible tragedy to happen to such a lovely boy'
A TEENAGE motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries when his bike was involved in a crash with a van has died.
Jack Boast, from Dawlish Drive, Bentilee, died at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
The 18-year-old St Thomas More High School student was initially treated at the scene by paramedics following the collision, which happened at the junction of Croftfield Road and Dividy Road in Bentilee, at around 7.40pm on Saturday.
He was then transferred to the Hartshill hospital but died yesterday morning after medics could do no more to save him.
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His family were receiving support from specially trained liaison officers last night.
Now police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The crash involved the 18-year-old's red Kymco motorcycle and a blue Vauxhall panel van.
The driver of the van, a 25-year-old man who is from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving.
He has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Liz Adier, a 52-year-old friend of the Boast family, who lives in Dawlish Drive, said the community was struggling to come to terms with what has happened.
She said: "It's a horrible tragedy to happen to such a lovely boy.
"I've known him since he was a baby.
"Jack was an angel. He even looked like one with his blonde hair, I just can't believe this has happened.
"He was genuinely one of the nicest people you're ever likely to meet – a really lovely lad.
"I can think of nothing but nice things to say about him.
"I can't get over this happening just down the road. It's a terrible, terrible tragedy."
Well-wishers have placed flowers and cards at the scene of the accident, containing poignant messages in memory of Jack.
Mourners have also left tributes on the Twitter social networking site.
Eleanor Ashworth wrote: "My weekend has come to a sad ending with the tragic news about Jack Boast. What a lovely boy, we miss you pal."
Joshua Gent described Jack as 'a top character, always up for a laugh'.
Another Twitter user, who goes by the name 'Sharnay', wrote: "RIP Jack. Forever in our hearts – such a great young lad who has been taken too young."
Dividy Road remained closed until just before 11.30pm on Saturday while collision investigation officers studied the scene.
Witnesses are asked to contact PC Robert Trow on 101 quoting reference 695 of November 10.
JACK Boast's family have issued a statement, thanking those who have paid tribute to him.
The statement reads: “We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.
"We ask to be left to grieve following the tragic loss of our beloved Jack and would like our privacy to be respected at this very difficult time.”