EXCLUSIVE: PICTURED: Motorcyclist, 28, who died in 60mph collision with Love Island’s Kem Cetinay as his partner says she will tell their baby daughter, ‘about you every single day’
- This is the first picture of Tommy Griggs, who died in a collision with Love Island’s Kem Cetinay
- His partner Amba paid tribute to him on social media saying ‘may you rest in eternal peace’
- Love Island 2017 winner Kem Cetinay was said to be ‘shaken up’ after his Mercedes G-Wagon collided with the motorbike on Thursday morning in Romford, Essex
- Police and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and fought to save Tommy, but he tragically died in the accident
- Photos from the scene show Kem’s written off Mercedes and the smashed motorcycle
- A statement from the Metropolitan Police confirmed: ‘Despite the efforts of medics, the male motorcyclist was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 12:04’
- Kem’s representative told MailOnline: ‘Kem will be making no further comment on this matter aside to offer his deepest condolences, prayers, and sympathies to the motorcyclist’s family and friends’
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Tommy Griggs, 28, was killed yesterday when his bike was involved in a crash with the star’s Mercedes G Wagon.
Today his partner paid a poignant tribute to the father of her baby daughter who celebrated her first birthday just days ago.
Amba Davies said: ‘The last 4 years haven’t been the easiest but you gave me the best gift anyone could ever have given me.
‘She loves you so much Tommy and I’m going to tell her about you every single day and I’ll make sure she makes you so proud!’
She added on Facebook: ‘You have my heart Thomas Roy Griggs. May you rest in eternal peace ❤️’.
Tribute: Tommy Griggs, 28, was killed yesterday when his bike was involved in a crash with the star’s Mercedes G Wagon. Today his partner, pictured with Tommy, paid a poignant tribute to the father of her baby daughter who celebrated her first birthday just days ago
Crash: Kem was ‘shaken up’ after his Mercedes G-Wagon collided with Tommy’s motorbike on Thursday morning in Romford, Essex
Damage: Photos from the scene of the crash show the damaged motorcycle on the pavement
Kem is said to have been left ‘traumatised’ after the fatal crash with a motorcyclist ‘who overtook and ended up on the wrong side of the road before the 60mph smash’.
The reality TV star, 26, is said to be ‘shaken up’ after his Mercedes G-Wagon collided with a motorbike on Thursday morning in Romford, Essex.
Paramedics fought to save the motorcyclist, but he tragically died in the accident. Photos from the scene of the collision show Kem’s smashed in G-Wagon behind police tape, and the damaged motorcycle lying on the pavement.
Witnesses said that the motorcyclist was overtaking cars while driving up Shepherds Hill in Romford as the TV star drove down.
‘I feel for him. He watched someone die in front of his eyes,’ one witness told The Sun. ‘The driver of the motorbike flew about 20ft into the air before landing on the road.’
Shock: Kem escaped the crash unharmed but is in shock from the ordeal and has been left traumatised (pictured in 2019)
They said ‘about six witnesses’ saw the crash, with the motorcyclist overtaking the cars when he ‘smashed head-on into Kem’s car at about 60mph on a 30mph road’.
Kem, who won Love Island in 2017, escaped unharmed but is in shock from the ordeal and has been left ‘traumatised’, say pals.
A witness who saw the aftermath of the crash told MailOnline: ‘Kem was clearly upset and distraught by what happened. He was pacing up and down. He was on the phone and talking to two women at the side of the road. He seemed to be in shock.’
It happened more than 700 metres from Kem’s restaurant, Array, which he opened last July.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Kem is devastated about what’s happened. He’s a sensible driver; no one could have foreseen this tragic accident happening.
‘There has been no wrongdoing on Kem’s side, he’s not at fault, and is being treated by police as a witness.
‘He’s still dealing with the shock alongside close friends and his family.’
A statement from the Metropolitan Police confirmed: ‘Police were called at 11:32hrs on Thursday, 4 August to reports of a collision at Shepherds Hill, Romford.
‘Police and London Ambulance Service [LAS] attended. At the scene a car had been in collision with a motorcycle.
‘Despite the efforts of medics, the male motorcyclist [no further details] was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 12:04. Enquiries are underway to notify next of kin.
‘The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries. He was not arrested.’
A statement released by Kem’s representative said: ‘Kem was this morning involved in a road traffic accident close to his home in the Brentwood area at approximately 11.30am.
Reality past: Essex star Kem won Love Island in 2017 with former girlfriend Amber Davies, scooping the £50,000 cash prize (pictured in June 2017)
Motorcycle: Paramedics fought to save the motorcyclist, but he tragically died in the accident (the motorbike pictured)
Scene: Kem’s G-Wagon was seen after the smash with police officers and a patrol car on the scene of the collision where a motorcyclist died
Police: The scene of the smash was cordoned off by police, with officers standing guard
Devastating: A forensics investigator was seen taking photos of the crash site
Scene: A motorcyclist’s helmet was seen on the ground where the smash took place
Debris: Pieces of the bike’s shattered parts were scattered across the road
Closed: The road in Essex was blocked off by police as the investigation got underway
In photos obtained by MailOnline, the air ambulance can be seen arriving at the scene to fly the victim of the crash to hospital
Kem, who won Love Island in 2017, escaped unhurt but the G-Wagon that he was driving (pictured previously) was damaged
‘Tragically, a motorcyclist died in the collision. Kem has been assisting the police and is being treated purely as a witness to the incident.
‘Kem will be making no further comment on this matter aside to offer his deepest condolences, prayers and sympathies to the motorcyclist’s family and friends.’
In 2017, Kem won Love Island with former girlfriend Amber Davies, 25, scooping the £50,000 cash prize.
The pair split four months after being crowned champions but have remained friends.
Following his popularity on the ITV2 show, Kem and former co-star Chris Hughes, 29, starred in spin off series Straight Outta Love Island and released single ‘Little Bit Leave It.’
A police patrol car was pictured at the scene of the tragic collision as officer closed off the road to allow paramedics to work
A police officer was seen talking to two witnesses at the side of the road. Kem’s rep confirmed that the motorcyclist had died
Kem has since worked for ITV’s This Morning as their entertainment presenter and starred in 2018’s Dancing On Ice.
Last July, he opened Essex restaurant Array, which has proven a favourite among his reality TV friends and 2.6million fanbase.
The former barber is an advocate for mental health and has spoken out since winning Love Island about suffering from anxiety and depression throughout his childhood.
He has previously worked as an ambassador for suicide prevention charity CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably), and became Childline’s first mental health campaigner in 2019.
Reality star: Kem has worked for ITV’s This Morning as their entertainment presenter and starred in 2018’s Dancing On Ice since winning the ITV2 show