The devastated younger sister of a 19-year-old man who died in a Lincoln bike crash has written a touching poem in memory of her brother.
Tom Teasdale was fatally injured when his grey Yamaha motorcycle left the road at Woodfield Avenue in Birchwood and entered a private driveway on Friday, February 12.
He lived in South Hykeham with his sister Taya and foster mum Caroline Garrard.
Seven-year-old Taya said: “My brother was really kind, funny, looks after me and is helpful. My favourite thing to do with him was ride my quad bike in the field with him. He bought me it for Christmas.”
Heartbroken Taya wrote the following poem for her brother in the days immediately after his death.
“I have a beautiful brother called Tom
I can’t accept he’s gone
He meant the whole world to me
I’m so upset, I wish he could see.”
Tom’s foster mum Caroline Garrard said that she treated him like her own son.
She said: “Tom was just such a happy-go-lucky lad with a heart of gold.
“The love he had for his little sister, who’s nearly eight, was unbelievable. They were completely obsessed with each other and she’s taken the news really quite badly.
“He loved bikes, had a huge love of music – Tupac was his idol – and was also obsessed with kangaroos!
“For his 18th birthday we got him a meet the kangaroos experience, which he just loved. He was also a big Liverpool supporter and was close to his work friends; he worked as a labourer for Q Construction.
“Tom loved holidaying, days out, and loved to get involved in family events. He had a huge lover of food and was able to eat just what he wanted.
“For Taya it’s really hard. He came into her life when she was only four and she keeps texting him.
“I keep expecting him to come in, do something, or ring and say something. I’m just heartbroken and devastated.
“Tom became a member of our family. We are so proud of everything he achieved and the person he became whilst living with us.”
Caroline added that she was enormously grateful to the air ambulance, Lincolnshire Police and Accident and Emergency for their help, especially a woman called Holly at A&E who she described as “a rock.”