The devastated family of a man killed by a motorbike visit his grave to talk to him at least twice a week.

Kevin McPadden, 36, suffered massive head injuries in the collision with the powerful red and white 250cc Honda motorbike.

Heartbroken mum Anne-Marie, 63, and dad Harry McPadden, 69, have decorated their son's grave with Liverpool flags, scarfs and now Christmas memorabilia.

They visit his plot on Everton Cemetery on Long Lane along with his little nieces and nephews and his 17-year-old daughter Chloe.

Police at the cordoned off scene
Police at the cordoned off scene

Kevin, a glazer from Tower Hill, died three years ago on December 20, 2016, but his family told how they are still grieving every day.

Anne-Marie said: "We have to try and keep it together but some of us are struggling.

"I feel better when I've been but it's very hard for us to walk away.

"We go twice a week and we talk to him, we bring his little nephew too who gives fist bumps to the grave stone."

The accident happened at the junction of County Road and St Kevin's Drive in Kirkby days before Christmas 2016.

Mr McPadden, a glazer from Tower Hill, was taken to Aintree hospital in Fazakerley but could not be saved.

The motorcyclist and the pillion passenger were also seriously injured as a result of the collision on the afternoon of December 20, 2016.

Anne-Marie added: "Harry suffered a stroke recently due to stress.

36-year-old Kevin McPadden from Kirkby.

"He's just bottled it all in. Harry did a lot with Kevin, walking and took him out to work when he was a kid.

"He was the perfect dad to him, he took him fishing, golf and used to take him to watch Liverpool.

"Kevin idolised Liverpool Football Club. We have covered his grave in Liverpool flags, Liver Birds and scarfs the lot."

A post mortem revealed Mr McPadden died as a result of severe head injuries.

The assistant coroner for Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton, Johanna Thompson, concluded that Mr McPadden died as a result of a road traffic collision.

Anne-Marie said: "Kevin would have been 40 this March coming up.

"He had this laugh that just made other people laugh. He was a great kid who'd done our decorating and garden, he'd never say no to anyone.

"He was just the ideal son and we miss him very much."

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Kevin's former partner Ali Balch, 42, said: "It all feels like it's still a bad dream.

"It's still really hard, even now because he was the love of my life.

Kevin was stepfather to Ali's two sons.

"Kevin was meant to be on a night shift that day so I'd said bye and that I'd see him tomorrow, told him I loved him and that was that - I had no idea that would be the last conversation we'd have.

"The next time I saw him was in January in the funeral home and that was the hardest thing ever - I was just waiting for him to wake up."

Ali said: "Both my sons adored him - telling them was awful and I've never seen my son cry that way, he was so close to Kevin.

"Kevin was one in a million - he was a practical joker and was always trying to make people laugh."