Tributes to Abbey Hulton crash victim Joshua Hamilton: 'I can't believe Josh has gone. I will miss him'
THE former girlfriend of a motorcyclist who died after his bike collided with a car has spoken of her shock at his death.
Twenty-year-old Joshua Hamilton died yards from his home in Priory Road, Abbey Hulton, following the accident last Thursday afternoon.
Lisa Cole had been close friends with Joshua for years and had been in a relationship with him for several months.
She said she had been in shock since finding out Joshua had died.
The 18-year-old of Abbey Road, Abbey Hulton, said: "I can't believe he's gone. He was really nice and kind to everyone. He had a heart of gold. He is loved and missed by us all.
"We were mates since we were little. We always hung around together as we shared the same group of friends, and then we were in a relationship, but even afterwards we still spent a lot of time together.
"When it happened I was sitting at home, and then my phone started going 10 to the dozen. My friend phoned me and she said Joshua had been knocked off his bike. When I found out they couldn't save him I just couldn't believe it."
Friends and relatives have been leaving flowers, candles and beer bottles at the site of the accident in Priory Road.
Lisa said the outpouring of grief demonstrates just how popular he had been.
She added: "Me and Josh share the same birthday, and so every year I'm going to go up there and remember him. I've been up every day since it happened.
"He really loved his mum and his brother, and all his family. Josh has given me so many happy memories for me to remember him by.
"He is one in a million and I'm going to miss him so much. I'll never forget him."
Joshua's friends have also left tributes to him on The Sentinel's website.
One read: "Josh was a beautiful lad with an infectious smile and a big heart who came from a well respected and loving family. Josh will be deeply missed forever and always."
Another said: "RIP Josh, you are going to be missed by so many."
Joshua, a former pupil at Mitchell High School, died after the bike he was riding collided with a blue Toyota Yaris being driven by a woman in her 20s.
Officers are investigating the crash and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call PC Matt Lovatt at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 426 of September 13.