Silverknowes crash: Brother pays tribute to ‘cheeky’ teenager

Tributes left at the crash scene. Picture: Andrew O'Brien
Tributes left at the crash scene. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

THE devastated brother of a 14-year-old boy killed when the motorbike he was riding crashed on a city road has led tributes to the “cheeky” teenager.

Brad Williamson was thrown from the white Vertigo motorcycle when it collided with a black Toyota Aygo in Silverknowes Road, before being rushed to hospital with serious head injuries.

Brad Williamson

Brad Williamson

Despite undergoing emergency surgery at the Sick Kids, he died several hours later with his family at his bedside.

A passenger on the bike – also a 14-year-old boy – has been treated at the same hospital for serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

Police were today continuing their investigations as they attempt to piece together the exact circumstances of the crash near the junction with Silverknowes Court at around 4pm on Friday.

They confirmed that one line of inquiry being pursued was that the motorbike had been stolen.

You will always be in my heart and we will always share the same memories, the same love, the same family, the same friends and the same life.

Kevin Williamson

Writing on Facebook, brother Kevin Williamson said Brad was “the first thing” he thought about when he woke yesterday morning, before the realisation hit him once again that his brother had died.

“It’s not really sunk in yet,” he said. “[I was] thinking I wonder if he’s tried to phone me cause he needs something or wondering when I’ll be down to see him, where we’ll go for dinner.

“We were so, so close and we still are – just that you’re up there and I’m down here.

“But you’re in a better place now and your wee head and wee strong, skinny body is at peace mate.

Tributes left at the crash scene. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Tributes left at the crash scene. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

“You will always be in my heart and we will always share the same memories, the same love, the same family, the same friends and the same life.”

The 39-year-old driver of the Toyota Aygo walked away unscathed from the crash, police said.

Floral tributes were left at the scene of the collision over the weekend, many featuring poignant messages about Brad. Friends and family also posted hundreds of comments on social media.

One card left in Silverknowes Road read: “Words can’t explain how much we’re going to miss you and your cheeky little smile.”

A friend wrote on Facebook: “Look at you, Brad! You’ll make a good job of being a gorgeous angel. Miss and love you.”

They particularly want to speak to the driver of a white Mercedes limousine-style car which was spotted in the area at the time of the crash.

Pc Declan Fitzpatrick said: “Our inquiries continue into this collision and our thoughts remain with Brad’s family and friends at what is an incredibly difficult time for them.

“We’d ask any witnesses who have not yet come forward to get in touch.

“We’re still working to trace the driver of a white Mercedes limousine-style car which was travelling north on Silverknowes Road at the time, and who may be able to assist.”

The road was shut to traffic for nearly six hours following the crash.

The legal age for riding a motorcycle in the UK starts at 16 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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