Shock over death of 'positive and polite' teenager in Motueka motorbike crash

Crash victim Thomas Armit, pictured with his girlfriend Tenesha Gibbins in a photograph left at the scene.
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Crash victim Thomas Armit, pictured with his girlfriend Tenesha Gibbins in a photograph left at the scene.

Tributes have been paid to Motueka teenager, Thomas Armit, who died on Monday morning while driving to work.

19-year-old Armit was travelling along Thorp St to his job at Talleys at Port Motueka, when the motorcycle he was on collided with a car at the intersection of Glenaven Drive just before 6am.

It's understood the driver of the car had travelled to his own place of work, but had forgotten something, and was returning home when the crash happened. The driver's injuries were not thought to be serious.

Police investigate the crash that killed teenage motorcyclist, Thomas Armit, in Motueka.
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Police investigate the crash that killed teenage motorcyclist, Thomas Armit, in Motueka.

Armit was working six days a week for the agribusiness company, Talleys Group Ltd, as a mussel opener.

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"Thomas was a lovely guy who was well liked by both his peers and supervisors," spokesman Nathan Howes said.

Flowers laid in memory of Thomas Armit who died in a crash at the intersection of Glenaven Dr and Thorp St in Motueka.
MARTIN DE RUYTER

Flowers laid in memory of Thomas Armit who died in a crash at the intersection of Glenaven Dr and Thorp St in Motueka.

"We were shocked and saddened to learn of the tragedy on Monday and our sincere condolences are with Thomas' friends and family at this time."

Armit had left Motueka High School at the end of last year.

Principal John Prestidge said the whole school community was deeply saddened and shocked by his death.

Thomas Armit was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car at the intersection of Glenaven Dr and ...
MARTIN DE RUYTER

Thomas Armit was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car at the intersection of Glenaven Dr and Thorp St in Motueka.

"Thomas was a student popular with students and staff. Quiet and capable, Thomas performed particularly well in PE and was a reliable, positive and polite young man.

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"The tragedy of his loss is huge given that he was a young man keen on taking the leap from school into the adult world of work and independence and he was certainly taking on that challenge."

"His family remain loving and supportive of him and our thoughts are very much with them and Thomas' friends, and the many people whose lives he touched.

"We are proud to have had Thomas with us at Motueka High School and will remember him with love."

Armit had been a teacher at local karate school, Motueka Seido Karate.

Spokeswoman Donna Bradley said she had received calls from members of other karate schools around New Zealand, sharing their condolences and concern.

"He trained over here with us and had also trained in Stoke ... He was really skilled, awesome to watch when he was doing things by himself."

Armit and his younger brother had been promoted to black belt about three years ago, and he had had a good rapport with people of all ages who attended the school, she said.

The funeral for Thomas Armit will be held on Monday at the Motueka Recreation Centre.

Police said the investigation into the crash was ongoing.

 - Stuff

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