Worst fears are realised
Mother of 14-year-old crash victim says she was always telling son to wear helmet
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.