Worst fears are re­alised

Mother of 14-year-old crash vic­tim says she was al­ways telling son to wear hel­met

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 19, 2016

NORTH St Marys mother Mary-Jane Hod­der says her favourite mem­o­ries of her son Corey Kramer were when he snuck into her bed and told her he loved her.

The 14-year-old was killed in a mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent in Mt Druitt last Mon­day.

Ms Hod­der said she still ex­pected Corey to walk in ev­ery day.

“One of my favourite mem­o­ries of Corey is when he would sneak into my bed in the morn­ings,” she said.

“I’d get up and he would sneak into my bed and he would go ‘Mum, I love you’ and I’d say ‘I love you too mate’ and then he would go back to sleep.

“That’s only one mem­ory ... I have mil­lions of mem­o­ries.”

Ms Hod­der said she told her son “ev­ery day, all the time” to put on his hel­met when he went rid­ing.

Corey died when he and a friend, 12, took his Pee­wee 50 bike for a spin and col­lided with a ve­hi­cle in Kur­ra­jong Ave, Mt Druitt.

“I was harp­ing and harp­ing and harp­ing: ‘Corey, you’ve got a hel­met, wear it’,’’ Ms Hod­der said.

“He never wore the hel­met. Even when he got in trou­ble with the po­lice twice ... he got cau­tions for hav­ing no hel­met, no reg­is­tra­tion, no in­sur­ance, no li­cence.

“But he didn’t lis­ten.”

Corey died in­stantly in the ac­ci­dent and his friend sus­tained se­ri­ous head in­juries. Ms Hod­der had re­turned home from work when she re­ceived a text mes­sage from a friend that two boys had been in an ac­ci­dent.

Ms Hod­der was sent a photo and recog­nised the blue cooler and mo­tor­bike, but ini­tially con­vinced her­self that head in­juries might mean a bump on the head.

Her worst fears were re­alised when the po­lice ar­ranged an es­cort for her to The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at West­mead.

“If only he would’ve stopped, like he should’ve stopped,” Ms Hod­der said.

I was harp­ing and harp­ing and harp­ing: ‘Corey, you’ve got a hel­met, wear it’

“He was look­ing be­hind. He knew, ‘Mum’s not go­ing to be very happy with me’ be­cause I’ve drummed it into his head that many times.”

Po­lice have launched a crit­i­cal in­ci­dent and have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to come for­ward as they in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent.

Ms Hod­der warned other rid­ers to al­ways wear a hel­met. “Go some­where safe,” she said. “Go to a bush some­where; with a hel­met and with adult com­pany.”

Corey’s fu­neral will be held to­day (Wed­nes­day) at noon in the North Chapel of Pine­grove Ceme­tery.

At­ten­dees have been asked to wear some­thing red or blue, Corey’s favourite colours.

Fam­ily and friends also let off red bal­loons in Corey’s mem­ory be­hind the St Marys shops on Satur­day night.

A gofundme page has been set up to help Ms Hod­der pay for the fu­neral cost.

To do­nate visit Sup­port fam­i­lies of Corey and Ja­son.

Mary-Jane Hod­der and her most re­cent picture of her son Corey Kramer, 14, and (right) Corey on his beloved mo­tor­bike.

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