THE parents of a bike fanatic who died in a motorcycle crash have paid tribute to their “exceptional” and “darling boy”.

Luke Leary, 24, of Darenth, was killed when his blue and white Suzuki hit a kerb and collided with a lamppost in a Medway street on June 13.

The bike came to a stop a short distance further along the road. Mr Leary was declared dead at the scene.

His parents, Lisa and Stuart Coates, also of Darenth, said: “Luke died doing what he loved - riding his motorbike.

“He was the most exceptional person with an enormous spirit for life, enjoyment, speed and exhilaration.”

Mr Leary, who also had a passion for photography and web design, became interested in bikes at an early age and got a scooter when he was 16.

He then upgraded to bigger bikes and also enjoyed investing time in his car.

Mr and Mrs Coates, who also have a daughter, Rebecca, said: “He was such a skilful rider and rode with such courage and talent.

“His other love was that of his car.

“The scrupulous hours of dedication and investment that Luke put into his pride and joy showed what a conscientious and meticulous person he was.

“He drove his car like his bikes - hard and fast.”

They added: “Luke we will miss you our darling boy, your spirit will live on forever, we will never let your memory die.

“I hope you know how much we love you and how so very proud of you we are.

“The highways of heaven have no hard landings son, go for it.”

Police appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash which happened around 3.30pm on the A228 at High Halstow. Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.