Mum’s touching tribute to son who died in Sutton Coldfield crash

The heartbroken mum of a teenager who died following a collision in Monmouth Drive, Sutton Coldfield has said he was her ‘greatest gift of all’.

Demari Thomas, aged 16, died after the motorbike he was riding was in a head-on collision just before 8pm on Monday, 27 September.

Demari Thomas
Demari Thomas

He was treated at the scene first by a passing doctor who stopped to help and then by paramedics. But despite their best efforts Demari was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s understood that the motorbike he was riding was overtaking a black Audi when it collided with a Ford Fiesta, travelling in the opposite direction. The drivers of both the cars remained at the scene and have been spoken to by officers.

A statement released today by Demari’s mum said:
“In loving memory to my wonderful son,
Of all the special gifts in life,
However great or small,
To have you as my son,
Was the greatest gift of all.
A special time,
A special face,
A special son,
I can't replace.
With an aching heart, I whisper low,
I miss you son
And love you so.”

Sergeant Mark Crozier, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "A teenager has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are with Demari's family, who are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

"We have spoken with witnesses and carried out CCTV and house-to-house enquiries as part of the investigation. If you have any information that could help and haven’t yet spoken to us, please get in touch.”

Please message us at Live Chat at, quoting log 3456 of 27 September, call 101, or email 

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