Dad’s final words to his family
JORDYNN Knight was a devoted, loving father who worked hard to support his young family.
On Monday the labourer, 21, kissed goodbye his partner of four years and his newborn daughter before leaving for work from their southern suburbs home.
"I saw him … before he went to work and he said to me 'I love you, I will ride safe and I will call you when I get to work'," an emotional Erica Wastell told The Advertiser.
He never called.
Mr Knight, of Christies Beach, became the state's 96th road fatality for the year early on Monday after crashing his new trail bike at Kangarilla as he travelled through the Adelaide Hills to work.
He also became the 22nd motorcyclist to die on South Australian roads this year, compared with eight in 2016. The state's road toll was 81 at the same time last year.
Major Crash police are investigating the smash's circumstances on Kangarilla Road, about 40km south of Adelaide, at 6.45am after the motorcyclist collided with a Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD.
Mr Knight, a concreter who was travelling to Mt Barker, died at the scene. The 4WD driver was not injured. No charges had been laid on Monday night.
A devastated Ms Wastell, also 21, led tributes to the "loving father", who she said doted on their four month-old daughter Sayge - whose name carries relatives' initials.
Speaking at the southern suburbs house of his parents, Karina Harding, 40, and her husband, John, 49, Ms Wastell wept as she told of her grief.
"He was such a loving father," she said. "He worked so hard for us. We had just been chilling over the weekend, organising Christmas and spending time with Sayge."
Supported by her mother, she said he got his motorbike as a Father's Day present this year to help save time, and money, travelling to work so he could spend more time with his youngest daughter.
He loved watching motocross and professional drag racing but he was careful riding on the road, she said.
She told how he took his daughter to a recent motocross event but made sure she was wearing suitable earmuffs and sunglasses to ensure she was protected from the noise.
As his friends paid tribute on social media, government worker Mrs Harding, 40, of Old Reynella, said her son's main concern was his family's wellbeing.
"Jordynn was like life," she said as she fought tears.
"He worked hard but he made everyone happy. He would light up a room and everyone would take notice because he was here.
"He was an even brighter light when Sayge was born. He was so family orientated. His life was family and work.
"He wrote in his Year 7 yearbook he wanted to be a concreter ... he succeeded."
Police appealed for any witnesses, or drivers with dashcam footage, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.