Tributes to Hatfield student killed in motorbike crash
TRIBUTES have been paid to a student at the University of Hertfordshire who died in a motorcycle crash.
Antony Italo Bonito, 18, was killed when he came off his Aprilia 125cc for reasons still being established by the police, on Tuesday March 23.
The Product Design student from Kings Langley was travelling north on the A4251 Hemel Hempstead Road at 4.10pm when the accident happened.
David Ball, dean of students at the Hatfield uni, said: “The University is a close community of students and staff and the death of Antony has saddened us all.
“Antony was a popular student and will be missed.
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“Our condolences go out to Antony’s family.”
His parents Jackie and Bart and his younger brother Mark are still coming to terms with what has happened and have described Antony as a beautiful son who was willing to help anyone -including strangers.
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Jackie said: “We are all still in shock and cannot believe that this has happened. I know I will sound biased because he was my boy but he really was a sweet natured boy – a beautiful son and we are devastated. A
“Antony was also a brilliant older brother to Mark who is also obviously devastated by this as they were very close.”
She added: “He was so well thought of and our phones have not stopped going since this happened. People are so upset by what has happened, as he was held in such high esteem by everyone.
“He was not on Facebook but there are already over 1000 postings on there in tribute to him. He was such a lovely boy, he had a nice way about him and he was a loving boy and would tell me how much he loved me and was not afraid to show affection.
“Antony was also passionate about music and he bought a guitar and was learning how to play. I cannot describe how I feel, we are heartbroken as Antony was loved so much.”
Police constable Kevin Sloan is investigating and is appealing for any witnesses to call 0845 33 00 222.
Antony’s funeral will be held at St Lawrence’s Church in Kings Langley on Wednesday March 31, at 2pm.
All are welcome at the service. The burial will take place afterwards at Rickmansworth Cemetery, Woodcock Hill, Harefield Road, Rickmansworth.