Motorcycle crash victim Joe to get a very unusual send-off

Motorcycle crash victim Joe Whitestone will make his final journey in unusual fashion. The funeral of the 19-year-old, who died from injuries he sustained in a road accident last month, will take place at St James’ Church in Staunton at 4pm on Saturday April 21.

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And his grandfather, Peter Whitestone, said his fondness of Land Rovers and horses would provide a theme for the occasion.

Joe WhitestoneJoe Whitestone

Joe was a member of the Land Rover Series 2 Club, a national organisation for enthusiasts, and helped to re-build Land Rovers with his grandfather. The teenager had also loved his horse, called Milky Way, and carried a picture of it in his wallet after it died.

Mr Whitestone said: “He loved that horse so much. He would lie alongside it at night. They were inseparable, the two of them.

“Very sadly, it died.”

Joe on his horse, Milky WayJoe on his horse, Milky Way

He said a convoy of Land Rovers would assemble close to Staunton at 3pm and soon after make their way to a layby on the A417. There, Joe’s coffin would be put on to a cart that would be pulled by a horse for the rest of the journey to the church. He said: “We just thought it would be a nice touch to have him transported with a similar kind of horse.”

Joe, who lived in Maisemore, died on March 29 in Bristol’s Southmead Hospital. It followed him being seriously injured when his Honda motorcycle was involved in a collision with a Toyota Hilux pickup truck the day before. The accident happened on the A417 at Corse, near Hartpury, outside a BP petrol station, at around 8.30pm.

The BP garage on the A417 in Corse

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned until September 11.

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Gloucester-born Joe attended Hartpury CofE Primary School and Newent School and studied land-based technology at Hartpury College.

He was working as a mechanic at Beta Marine, building boat engines at its base in Hardwicke.

* Our video above shows Matson baby Honey-May Dix’s[1] coffin being taken from the church, after her funeral last year, by a horse-drawn carriage.

References

  1. ^ Honey-May Dix’s (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

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