'I adored him': Sister pays emotional tribute to 19-year-old Leeds biker on day before 'his final ride'

The sister of a 19-year-old Leeds biker has paid an emotional tribute to her 'perfect' brother who died in a motorbike crash.

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 11:46 am
Updated Thursday, 27th February 2020, 12:18 pm

Luke Deegan was riding a white Aprilla motorcycle on Paradise Way, next to the A1(M) on Friday January 24 when he collided with a Toyota pick-up truck.

West Yorkshire Police said the cyclist was treated by ambulance staff but sadly pronounced dead shortly later.

Since his death, family and friends have raised an incredible £10,000 towards funeral costs.

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Luke Deegan with his sister Ellie Deegan
Luke Deegan with his sister Ellie Deegan

More than 500 people have donated to the fundraising page since the launch.

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Ellie said: "Luke was the most perfect boy.

"Luke was definitely the best brother to me.

Luke Deegan with his sister Ellie Deegan

"I adored him and I always will, like twins as we used to say.

"He was very cheeky with an infectious laugh.

"Definitely a Leeds Lads.

"I’m sure everyone would agree who had the pleasure of meeting him."

Luke Deegan with his dad James Deegan

Luke is survived by his loving dad James and mum Suzanne.

Ellie said popular Luke always helped out and looked after his friends.

She added: "Luke made friends for life wherever he went.

"The love he had for his friends, and girlfriend Holly, was endless.

Luke Deegan with his sister Ellie Deegan and mum Suzanne

"You could hear Luke a mile off, be it his laugh or the sound of him on his motorbike.

"Anything I needed, I used to go to him. More like a big brother than a little brother, he knew it


Luke's favourite hobby was riding his motorbike, Ellie said.

She told how he would always get his friends involved and even taught her how to ride the bike.

Ellie said: "Luke definitely lived life to the full, like every day was his last.

Luke Deegan

"I’m so grateful he got to do the things he did.

"He loved us all dearly, and we loved him.

"No regrets Lukey."

Luke's funeral will take place on Friday February 28.

The procession will be 'alongside Luke all the way' to the service at Whitkirk St Mary's Church, commencing at the Old Red Lion pub in Whinmoor.

Luke's family and friends have asked Leeds residents to 'uncover their motorcycles, trikes and quads' to join the procession.

Many people have taken to the fundraising page to pay tribute to Luke.

One said: "Rest in Peace Luke, shine bright now Angel.. Taken way too soon xx"

Another added: "We’ll give you the send off you deserve Deegan, love you always mate!"

To donate to the page, click here.In a poignant letter written to her brother shared with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Ellie said: "You have me forever, and I have you my darling boy. I love you.

"Ride In Paradise my brother.

"All my love, your big sis Ellie xxxxxx"