A Lake Country father and the family of Tavin Jacob Hansom are trying to cope with the loss of the young man, killed on Highway 97 Thursday afternoon.
Kelowna RCMP tell Castanet a motorcycle collided with a pickup truck just before 4 p.m. Thursday. The collision happened at the intersection of Highway 97 and Old Vernon Road.
Hansom’s father Jim, says his son was a ‘spitfire’ with a sensitive side and he is missed by many.
“He was a free spirit, a shining light. He was loved by everybody, an amazing high achiever.”
Jim and Tavin Hansom lived together in Lake Country and worked in the concrete business together as well.
“We were leaving work when it happened. Now I have a dead 18-year-old son.”
Hansom says Tavin was an avid rider and started at an early age, “he loved to ride and we were riding together every day that it was good weather.”
Tavin Hansom was set to turn 19 years old on Aug. 19 and his dad says he had big plans for the future. “As soon as he turned 19, he had a nest egg set up and he was going to start trading, he was all over it. Now it doesn't matter anymore. I'll just keep pumping concrete and remembering.”
His family is travelling to the Okanagan from different parts of the country and Hansom says there will be a celebration of life but it’s too early to say when that will be held, “but you're welcome to let the world know that he's missed by many, many, many people now.”
Hansom’s voice shook as he talked about his son and the collision.
“There’s too many crosses on that stretch of road, there should be a light at that intersection.”
Police are requesting any witnesses to please come forward or if you have any dash camera recordings from around the time of this collision to please contact the Kelowna RCMP at (250) 762-3300.
Hansom also wants people to know that Tavin loved riding, “he went out doing exactly what he loved. Not everybody gets to say that.”