A father-of-two was killed in a motorcycle accident shortly after he remarried following the tragic death of his first wife.
Brad Thompson, 45, was riding his motorbike home along Philip Highway near Elizabeth Way, in north Adelaide, at about 8:15pm on Sunday.
His vehicle collided with a Mazda sedan and Mr Thompson died instantly at the scene.
The 29-year-old Mazda driver was taken to Lyell McEwin Hospital and charged with aggravated driving without due care and driving while having a disqualified license.
Mr Thompson had only just tied the knot with his second wife, Karen, after his first wife died of cancer.
A father-of-two who only recently got remarried, Brad Thompson, 54, (pictured) has been identified as the sole death in a motorcycle accident in north Adelaide on Sunday night
Bouquets of flowers have been laid at the scene of the crash as Mr Thompson’s friends and family pay tribute to their lost mate.
One of his friends, Michelle Palmer, told 7News that Mr Thompson was a ‘great bloke, (that would) do anything for you’.
Another friend, Jamie Palmer, described Mr Thompson as ‘one of the good guys’.
‘He’d come round and help. It’s going to be such a loss to the group of friends,’ Mr Palmer said.
Friends of Mr Thompson have committed themselves to helping raise his children who have now lost both of their biological parents.
Roads surrounding the crash scene were closed overnight while investigations into the crash continued.
Mr Thompson is the 20th motorcyclist to die in South Australia in 2023 and the 97th life lost on the state’s road this year.
Mr Thompson was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle home from work when it collided with a Mazda, allegedly being driven aggressively by a disqualified driver, and died at the scene
Mr Thompson remarried after being widowed when his first wife died by cancer, his children now being left with no biological parents
Traffic Services Branch Officer in Charge, Superintendent Darren Fielke, said that a disproportionate amount of motorcyclists, cyclists and scooter-riders have been killed on SA roads.
’40 per cent of the lives lost on South Australian Roads this year have been vulnerable road users, it is a figure that is way too high,’ Superintendent Fielke said in September.
The Mazda driver was refused bail and appeared in Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Monday charged with two driving offences.