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17 October 2016, 05:59 | Updated: 17 October 2016, 09:02
The family of a teenage motorcyclist who died following a collision in Rochester have paid tribute to him.
Jack Mander, 17, from Strood, died at the scene of the incident on Anthony’s Way, Rochester, shortly after 9pm on Thursday 13 October.
He was riding his Yamaha 125 motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a Volvo heavy goods vehicle.
The driver of the HGV – a 44-year-old man from Wiltshire – was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and later released on bail pending further enquiries until Wednesday 15 February 2016.
A statement released by Jack’s family reads:
‘Jack was always a very careful rider who knew the roads well, and we are struggling to come to terms with what has happened.
‘He worked on the Medway City Estate as an apprentice fabricator, and was on his way home to watch his favourite television programme Hunted when the collision happened. It was the only show we would all gather around the television to watch together.
‘Jack also studied at MidKent College and was well-liked by his friends and workmates, and enjoyed exchanging banter with them all. We shall miss him immensely.
‘We are aware an arrest has been made and would strongly encourage anyone who saw what happened to contact the police. We would also now ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time.’
Witnesses or anyone who saw either vehicle in the moments leading up to the collision are asked to contact the Kent Police serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.