‘It’s like living your own worst nightmare’: Father recalls the moment he saw his son, 18, hit and killed by a truck – and the astonishing thing he told the devastated driver
- Ken Adams was driving behind son Scott in south-west Victoria on Saturday
- Mr Adams saw 18-year-old be fatally hit by a truck and Scott died at the scene
- But despite having to identify son, the father offered words of comfort to driver
- ‘I said “mate I know it’s not your fault, you did the best he could”,’ father revealed
A father has recalled the harrowing moment he saw his 18-year-old son being hit and killed by a truck while riding his bike.
Ken Adams witnessed his son Scott’s final moments on Victoria’s Henty Highway on Saturday afternoon as he was driving directly behind the truck that ran him over.
The 18-year-old was travelling home after visiting a friend, his father said, when his motorised cycle collided with the truck near Portland in the state’s south-west.
A father has recalled the harrowing moment he saw his son, 18, (pictured) hit and killed by a truck while riding his bike
Scott was fatally injured and died at the scene.
But despite having to carrying out the task of identifying his son, the father said he offered the devastated driver some unexpected words of comfort.
‘He was a mess. I went over, looked him in the eye and said “mate I know it’s not your fault, I know how difficult it is to pull up a truck – you did the best you could”,’ Mr Adams said.
The father added he felt no anger towards the truck driver, who is now assisting police with enquiries.
Speaking to The Herald Sun, Mr Adams paid tribute to his ‘highly intelligent son’ who was planning to start an engineering apprenticeship this week.
‘That’s what makes it harder, he was so full of life and had so much of life ahead of him,’ he said.
Despite having to carrying out the task of identifying his son, the father said he offered the devastated driver who hit Scott (pictured) some unexpected words of comfort
On a local community Facebook page, friends of the 18-year-old also shared their memories of someone who ‘always looked for the good in any situation’.
‘He was someone you couldn’t help but like and if you got to know him you would come to realised he had a heart of gold and and fall in love with his cheeky smile,’ one friend wrote.
In the wake of the young man’s death, a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for his funeral and support his family.
Mr Adams said he had been taken aback by how the community had rallied around his family following Scott’s death.
‘The amount of teenagers that have been rocking up to the house in tears is unbelievable,’ the father said.
On a local community Facebook page, friends of the 18-year-old (pictured) shared their memories of someone who ‘always looked for the good in any situation’