Tragic Brett Appleyard, 24, killed in Ramsgate crash, was to have become a dad in February

PUBLISHED: 17:12 11 October 2017

Brett Appleyard

Brett Appleyard


Mother of smash victim pays moving tribute to her “caring, loving and funny” son

A 24-year-old motorcyclist killed in a smash in Ramsgate on Friday night was set to have become a father in February, it has been revealed.

Brett Appleyard died after the crash in Stirling Way at around 8.25pm on October 6.

His bike hit a car at the junction with Conyngham Close.

Now his mother, Linda, has revealed he had been eagerly looking forward to the birth of his first child.

She said: “Brett will be terribly missed by everyone who knew him. He will always be my beautiful boy and the bestest big brother ever to his sister Casey. To his partner Lottie, who is mum to his unborn child, he was and still is her heart and her world.

“Brett was so very caring, loving and funny. He was pure energy. He loved to laugh and make others laugh too. He loved his family and friends very much and anything with an engine. He also loved fishing.

“He was so excited that he was becoming a dad in February and loved his baby so much that he was fit to burst. I’m so happy that he had been with Lottie for the scan that day, as he was beside himself with happiness.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the police and the paramedics who were there that awful night. They were all totally amazing and we are so grateful to them for trying so very hard and for being there for us.”

An investigation into the circumstances of the collision is ongoing and officers from Kent Police’s serious collision investigation unit are appealing for witnesses, who have yet to speak to police, to contact them.

Anyone who may have also seen a black Ford Mondeo or a black and white Yamaha motorcycle in the moments leading up to the collision, is asked to contact the witness appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting reference DK/SM/222/17or email

A 65-year-old woman from Ramsgate was arrested in connection with the collision and later released pending further investigation.

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