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Bike victim Leon Edwards’s grieving partner Emma Hankinson left alone and broken-hearted after his tragic death in Shorne

06 January 2014
by Rebecca Hughes
Leon Edwards was killed in a crash

Leon Edwards was killed in a crash

Mr Edwards, 43, was cycling along Gravesend Road, Shorne, on Thursday, December 12, when he was hit by a silver Citroen Picasso.

He died from his injuries at the scene, despite the efforts of medics to save his life.

Ms Hankinson, from Chatham, said: “We were going to spend Christmas together and do something on New Year’s Eve, but I couldn’t do anything. I didn’t feel like it. It’s not the same on my own,”

She said Mr Edwards, well-known as a DJ in pubs in Gillingham and Rainham, was only riding a bicycle at the time because his motorbike had broken down.

“I was devastated when I found out,” she said. “The police came round and told me. I broke down.

“He was the love of my life.”

Emma Hankinson with Leon

Emma Hankinson with Leon

Mr Edwards, of Bryant Street, Chatham, also worked as a chef.

Dozens of people paid tribute to him following his death. He was described as having a “heart of gold” and being a “happy go lucky character”.

Ms Hankinson added: “He was so kind and caring. He would always help anyone out.”

She added: “He was popular. He’d talk to anyone and he’d always do things for other people. He made me laugh even when I was annoyed. He always made me smile too.

“He loved his music and having a laugh. He always said life was too short so make the most of it. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about him since.”

Flowers at Gravesend Road in Shorne after the accident

Flowers at Gravesend Road in Shorne after the accident

A funeral service for Mr Edwards is due to take place in Sittingbourne on Friday.

Police issued an appeal for witnesses. Anyone who saw what happened is asked to phone officers on 01622 798538.


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