UPDATE: Sister speaks about 'experienced rider' Thomas

SPORT STAR: Thomas Walker was named Bundaberg North State High School's junior sportsperson this year. He was involved in surf life saving, rowing and athletics.
SPORT STAR: Thomas Walker was named Bundaberg North State High School's junior sportsperson this year. He was involved in surf life saving, rowing and athletics.

UPDATE 10AM: The family of a teenager who died in a tragic motorcycle crash in Bundaberg says he was an "experienced rider and safe rider".

Thomas Walker, 14, was riding a dirt bike when he collided with a ute on Moore Park Rd about 3.30pm on Friday.

He was rushed to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital where died from his injuries on Sunday afternoon.

His sister Brittany said Thomas had grown up around bikes and was very skilled.

"We urge people to not speculate on what has happened and post unnecessary assumptions, as he deserves to be seen as an amazing kid who was taken too soon."

Bundaberg police said it was initially believed Thomas was riding along the roadside and veered in front of a car.

Sgt Marty Arnold said further investigations, however, indicated that Thomas had been "pushing it along the road because he was having trouble with it"

"He tried to start the bike and accidentally pulled on the accelerator, which took him into the path of a car."

Ms Walker said Thomas had previously told the family he wanted his organs to be donated and that donation has saved five lives.



EARLIER: TRIBUTES to a son, brother and mate have poured in for the teenager who lost his life after a Moore Park traffic crash.

Thomas Walker, 14, died at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital yesterday with family by his side.

On Friday emergency crews rushed to the scene of a crash on Moore Park Road about 3.30pm.

It is believed he was riding an unregistered dirt bike and was not wearing a helmet when he collided with a car travelling on the road.

The teenage was one of Bundaberg's promising young sports stars, who was involved in a variety of sports including athletics and surf life saving.

In a post on social media his sister Brittany Walker said he would continue to help others by donating his organs.

"Today his final act of kindness will save five lives. A hero to five families that are now receiving a Christmas miracle," she wrote.

"I miss you more than words can describe, but know that your cheeky personality and lust for life will live on in all of us.

"You will never be forgotten and everything we now do is for you, with you in my heart and mind always. "I love you forever and ever baby brother. See you on the other side, I know your in good hands."

Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO John Brennan said the SLSQ family offered its sincere condolences to the Walker family and the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club.

Surf Life Saving Queensland regional operations manager Craig Holden said Thomas would be sorely missed by fellow life savers.

Thomas had been a member of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club for the past three seasons and before that was a member of Moore Park Surf Life Saving Club since 2011.

"Thomas also earned a gold medal at this year's Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships in the U14 Beach Sprint," Mr Brennan said.

"It is with heavy hearts today that we offer our thoughts and support to all who knew and loved the young lifesaver."

Tragically Thomas's death wasn't the only one on the region's roads during the weekend.

Three men, aged 22, 25 and 33, died in a horrific crash at Bucca on Saturday night.

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