Max Knight: Father of boy, 5, killed in Father’s Day motorbike tragedy in Murphy’s Creek, Queensland, is still in a coma
The father of a little boy who died after suffering horrendous 90 per cent burns in a motorbike explosion on Father’s Day is still in a coma and doesn’t know his son is dead.
Max Knight succumbed to his injuries on Monday after his motorbike caught fire at his family’s Murphy’s Creek property, in Queensland’s south, on Sunday.
Max was riding his Yamaha Peewee 50 bike on Father’s Day morning when his dad, Harley, stopped to refuel his tank with a jerry can.
Tragically a fire broke out, possibly due to the engine being too hot, and both were left severely injured.
Max was flown to the Queensland Children’s Hospital where he died from his injuries the following day with his father still in hospital and unaware of his son’s death.
His mother Emma Whybird revealed in a series of heartbreaking tributes on Facebook that she held him ‘while he passed away’.
Max Knight (above) died at about 7am on Monday after suffering burns to 90 per cent of his body in a motorbike crash on Sunday
Max’s father, Harley (pictured together above), suffered burns to 40 per cent of his body in the crash and has been in an induced coma since – he doesn’t know about Max’s death
‘My beautiful baby boy, I’m going to miss your beautiful smile, your precious hugs, your kisses good night, your warm touch,’ she wrote.
‘It’s never going to be the same without you Max. My heart aches so much not cuddling you to sleep and reading you your favourite books.
‘I wish you could come back to me my precious boy. Max, you will always be in Mummy and Daddy’s life forever.
‘We love you so much my darling little Max, the Knight rider.’
Harley suffered burns to roughly 40 per cent of his body, mostly on the face, chest and arms.
He remains in an induced coma at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital while doctors wait for his condition to stabilise enough to operate.
He won’t find out about his five-year-old son’s death until he is woken, which is expected to be either on Thursday or Friday.
Ms Whybird said her ‘heart hurts’ thinking about that conversation.
Max’s grandfather Tennocy Knight described his grandson as ‘a good little kid’.
Max’s mother, Emma Whybird (pictured together above), said she had to ‘hold him while he passed away’
Max (above) was described as a ‘good little kid’ with Ms Whybird writing, ‘You will always be in Mummy and Daddy’s life forever’
‘He lived life to the fullest, like his father. It has been a really tough day for us and we are just trying to cope with the loss,’ he told the Toowoomba Chronicle on Monday.
‘The hardest thing for us as a family was to sit there beside his bed and do nothing.’
He described Max and Harley as a close father-son duo.
‘Motorbikes were their life, they loved riding together and they loved fishing too,’ Mr Knight said.