Ride marks anniversary of teenager’s death in crash
ADRIAN Jones might have been half their age but members of the Historical Motorcycle Club of Queensland's Sunshine Coast branch regarded him as one of their own.
The 18-year-old's death in a road crash on Yandina-Bli Bli Rd, Maroochy River, on April 7, 2006, gutted his family, friends and clubmates.
They rode past the accident scene yesterday to mark the anniversary of his death and pay their respects.
John Aitken, 76, said he had fond memories of Adrian, with whom he shared a love of reading and sometimes exchanged books.
"One of our members who passed away about 18 months ago made the remark that it was wonderful a young person like Adrian was happy to associate with and look to the older members of the club," Mr Aitken said. "Adrian, to me, always came across as a very polite, well-mannered young man who had a lot of things going for him.
"He had a lot of things going for him and it's just one of those unfortunate things that he was cut off when he was."
Adrian's step-father Neale Gentner said the ride was a way to keep the teenager's memory alive.
Mr Gentner said the club had been supportive of him and his wife Chrissie at the time of Adrian's death and during an inquest and subsequent court hearing.