Tributes and GoFundMe for Angus Collins, a West Melbourne cyclist who was killed on Thursday
A young cyclist with a “constant and contagious smile” who was killed in a road accident involving a truck has been identified.
Angus Collins, 22, was hit by a concrete truck around 12.30pm on Thursday while pedaling on Footscray Rd near the Dock Link Rd junction in West Melbourne.
The truck driver stopped to help Angus, but he died at the scene.
“Angus tragically died while doing one of his favorite activities – riding a bike,” reads a GoFundMe page created by Brunswick Cycling Club.
“This page is being set up to collect donations that will go directly to Angus’ family to help cover the funeral and related expenses.
“Such a beautiful young man who always had a wonderful smile and brought energy and joy to everyone around him.
“You will always have a place in our hearts and will always be remembered for your kindness, your energy and your constant and infectious smile.”
Young cyclist Angus Collins (above) was killed while cycling in west Melbourne on Thursday
Angus was a student at Williamstown High School and graduated in 2018.
He was a competitive road cyclist, reaching state and federal levels.
He later studied sports science and business administration, but continued his passion for cycling through coaching.
Dozens of tributes have been left online for Angus, with many writing that he was “taken too soon.”
“A really kind, really happy and always enthusiastic individual who thrives on life and adventure,” wrote his friend Callan Douglas, according to the Herald Sun.
“Always full of laughs, inappropriate jokes and a wealth of knowledge beyond his years, he never had a bad word to say.
“The world has been robbed of a truly remarkable person. It’s always been a pleasure sharing the track, the road and everything in between with you, mate.
“We’ll all miss you, mate. This one cuts really deep and I am absolutely disappointed. RIP Gussy.”
West Melbourne resident Adam Goldrick said Angus was a “dear and positively influential friend of my own son and many other local people”.
“While studying physical therapy, he was an avid and competitive cyclist,” he said.
“I send my condolences to his devastated family and friends who will mourn his loss as our family does now. RIP Angus Collins.’
Tributes for Angus (above) online described his “contagious smile” and said the 22-year-old was “taken too soon”.
Angus’ team, Compañeros Cycling, also shared a tribute, wiring: “The death of Angus Collins will leave a gaping hole in many hearts.
“Alongside many fond memories, he provided inspiration simply because he was the great soul that he was.
“Angus lived a full life and saw every challenge as an opportunity. What he could not achieve on the bike due to illness or injury, he has achieved as a son, brother, son and friend of many.
“His glass half full, infectious smile and sharp sense of humor will be remembered by many.”
“You will forever be in our hearts and forever a part of Brunswick Cycling Club and Brunswick Mountain Tigers,” mourners wrote in honor
Writing on Angus’ GoFundMe, the Gigante family said: “It’s so hard to believe we’re saying goodbye to Gus.
“You were one of a kind, so funny, so genuine, so positive and most of all so kind. It’s incredibly unfair that you were taken from us so soon.
“You will forever be in our hearts and forever a part of Brunswick Cycling Club and Brunswick Mountain Tigers. Sending so much love to all your family.’
Brunswick Cycling Club has scheduled a BBQ for Angus’ friends and family on Sunday afternoon “to remember, hug, cry or just sit quietly and think”.
The GoFundMe page raised more than $16,000 in just 24 hours.
Victoria Police have urged anyone with information or dashcam footage of Thursday’s accident to contact Crime Stoppers.
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