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'I'm still in disbelief even after seeing marks on the road'

FAMILY TRAGEDY: Motorbike rider David Bailey’s family (from left) son Jacob, 8, mum Ann and daughter Adelaide, 7, are still coming to terms with his sudden death on Boxing Day. BELOW: A Lego tribute Jacob made for his dad.
FAMILY TRAGEDY: Motorbike rider David Bailey’s family (from left) son Jacob, 8, mum Ann and daughter Adelaide, 7, are still coming to terms with his sudden death on Boxing Day. BELOW: A Lego tribute Jacob made for his dad. ADAM DAVIES

IT IS a journey no mother should have to make.

But it was a journey Ann Bailey felt compelled to make despite the heartache and pain that came with it.

Her son, David 'Dave' Bailey, 34, was killed instantly on Boxing Day after he crashed his Yamaha motorbike on Mount Nebo Rd near Mt Glorious.

Tragically it was also his birthday.

Mrs Bailey said the journey to the spot on the peaceful country road where her son was killed was one of the hardest things she had ever done.

She said as a mother she had to see the spot where her beloved son's life was cut short.

"I was pretty numb . . . I am still in disbelief even though I have seen the marks on the road with my own eyes," she said.

"I take comfort in the knowledge he was not in any pain when he was killed.

"The mother side of me just wants to believe it is just one big nightmare, but I know that is not the case."

A Lego tribute Jacob (8) made for his dad.
A Lego tribute Jacob (8) made for his dad.

Mrs Bailey told the Queensland Times about the moment she learnt her son had been killed.

She said it would be forever etched in her mind.

"I sent him a Facebook message in the morning wishing him a Happy Birthday," she said.

"I also sent him a text and he did not reply to any of them which was unusual.

"Several hours later I tried calling him and it went straight to voicemail.

"It was then I started to think something was wrong and literally 10 minutes later the police knocked on my door."

Mrs Bailey said her son lived for his three children Kate, 17, Jacob, 8, and Adelaide, 7.

She confirmed a fourth child with his new wife was on the way.

"He was an amazing father who loved his children very dearly," she said.

"They know he is not coming home and that aspect is the most heartbreaking.

"He loved life, his family and his sport . . . he was passionate about everything he did."

Mrs Bailey said her son, who attended Laidley State High School, was a larrikin as a kid growing up.

She said she did not realise until his death how much he was loved.

"He was such a funny and kind-hearted person," she said.

"He was always such a thoughtful son and was always there for other people, irrespective of anything going on in his own life.

"He was very cheeky . . . he always had a big grin on his face.

"A lot of his old school friends have been in contact with me since the crash to share their memories of him.

"To know other people thought so highly of him has been a great comfort to me."

Mrs Bailey said police were still trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash.

She said the family was still in the processes of organising the funeral with the details to be published in the Queensland Times when they are finalised.

"The police still have his bike, but it is our understanding for whatever reason, the bike slid out from underneath him," she said.

"He really was a very responsible bike rider and there are many people who can attest to that.

"The whole thing is just a tragedy . . . the whole family is totally and utterly devastated."

Topics:  birthday, boxing day, crash, dave bailey, editors picks, ipswich, missed, motorbike, mum, son




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