“OUR world has been shattered.”

That’s the message from the father of 12-year-old Corey Caton, who tragically died after he was hit by a van in Whitchurch Hill, Reading, last year. 

Following the conclusion of the inquest into his death, Corey’s father paid tribute to his “intelligent” and “witty” son. 

“On 7 November 2020, I lost my beloved son in a cycling accident.

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“I truly wish anything else that day had happened. That we went left not right, that we’d never gone cycling that day or any other day, anything that meant Corey was still alive today, still the intelligent, loving and chuckling witty son with his whole future ahead of him.

Reading Chronicle: Corey Caton. Image via TVPCorey Caton. Image via TVP

“His loss has and will continue to heavily weigh down on his entire family in the absence of his joyous company, someone that his grandparents and I had so many more plans for. Our world has been shattered.

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“Through this terrible incident, I would like to thank the John Radcliffe Hospital that tried their absolute best to save his life, the police on the day and since the incident and the Compassionate Friends Charity and Child Bereavement Charity in their help in trying to help me navigate the worst of the worst nightmares.

“We would now like to move from focusing on the accident to remembering the life of our beautiful son/grandson and grieve in peace and appreciate your cooperation in this.”