Tributes flow for life lost

Jordan Oaten’s life was cut short by a fatal trail bike crash in North Gregory on Tuesday.
Jordan Oaten’s life was cut short by a fatal trail bike crash in North Gregory on Tuesday. Contributed

FRIENDS and former colleagues have paid tribute to the 20-year-old man who died in a motorcycle accident in North Gregory on Tuesday.

Jordan Oaten died instantly when his trail bike and a ute collided on Voss Rd at 7am.

He has been described by his mates as an outgoing and polite young man, who was passionate about motorbikes.

Josh Wolff went to Bundaberg High School with Mr Oaten, and both had left school at Year 10.

"He was just a good, fun bloke - he'd do anything for you," he said.

"He was always there for a good time.

"Any spare time he had, he'd get on his bike and go for a ride."

Mr Oaten had worked alongside his friend at Transpacific Superior Pak for about six months this year, where he did a variety of jobs including fabricating, welding and detailing.

"It's not something you want to hear, that your mate has passed away," Mr Wolff said.

Transpacific Superior Pak manufacturing manager Daryl Maultby said the news of the former worker's death had come as a shock to everyone, including Mr Oaten's father Gary, who also worked for the company.

"I found him a polite and well-mannered fellow. He worked in well with others," Mr Maultby said.

Mr Wolff said motorcycle riding came with its risks and, sadly, it had claimed the lives of several friends, including Mr Oaten.

"It's definitely a very high-risk sport," he said.

"I've had accidents before where I could have died, and I've had mates that have died from motorbike accidents."

Mr Wolff said Mr Oaten's love of riding would continue despite his death.

"Every time I ride, I ride for them," he said.

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