Mum of teen killed in crash's heartache as council removes floral tributes

Jolita Medeliene, 45, places flowers every week on North Drive in Great Yarmouth in memory of her son

Jolita Medeliene, 45, places flowers every week on North Drive in Great Yarmouth in memory of her 17-year-old son, Domantas Baksaitis (inset), who died in a motorcycle crash. - Credit: Daniel Hickey/Submitted

The mother of a teenager who died in a motorcycle collision has hit out at a council for removing the flowers she regularly places at the crash site.

In March, 17-year-old Domantas Baksaitis was killed when he crashed into a lamppost on the Great Yarmouth seafront.

Since then, his mother, Jolita Medeliene, has been visiting the site on North Drive, outside the Venetian Waterways, several times every week to leave flowers, light a candle and remember her son.

Domas Baksaitis

Domantas Baksaitis, who died after the motorbike he was riding collided with a lamp post - Credit: Submitted

But, according to the 45-year-old, workers from Great Yarmouth Borough Council keep removing the memorials.

"It is a little bouquet of flowers, not in the way at all, but the council keeps taking them away," she said.

"I put another bouquet on the fence every time they have been removed. Last week I put one there and two days later it was gone."

Jolita Medeliene

Jolita Medeliene, 45, leaving flowers at the site on North Drive in Great Yarmouth where her 17-year-old son, Domantas Baksaitis, died in a motorcycle crash in March. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

She said she enquired at Town Hall and found out the flowers were being removed during bin collections and taken to the depot on Churchill Road.

A spokesperson for the borough council said: “Recently it has become necessary to apply our regulations to memorial pieces on highways or council land in order to ensure we offer a safe and accessible area for all residents and visitors.

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“We understand why people leave memorial items for loved ones, and therefore we will continue to undertake the management of these items in a considerate, fair and sensitive way.”

A memorial left for Domantas Baksaitis

A memorial left for Domantas Baksaitis, 17, who died in a motorcycle collision on North Drive in Great Yarmouth in March. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

On Tuesday morning (August 3), Ms Medeliene placed another bouquet there, standing the flowers in a plastic bottle attached to the fence. She then lit a candle.

Wiping away tears, she said she was upset and angry.

"It's hard to even speak about it," she added.

She mentioned a similar memorial on a tree on Caister Road.

She added: "Why is one memorial allowed and another is not?"

Jolita Medeliene

Jolita Medeliene, 45, lighting a candle at the site on North Drive in Great Yarmouth where her 17-year-old son, Domantas Baksaitis, died in a motorcycle crash in March. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

By Wednesday morning (August 4), the latest bouquet had already vanished.

After Mr Baksaitis died, a vigil set up at the crash site by his friends was broken up by police for breaching coronavirus restrictions that were in place at the time.

The memorial to Domantas Baksaitis at the lamppost where he died after a motorbike crash in Great Yarmouth. Picture...

The memorial to Domantas Baksaitis at the lamppost where he died after a motorbike crash in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Anthony Carroll

More than 100 people had assembled and police arrested four of them under "rave legislation" - a term that was criticised by the teenager's friends who said it was a "socially-distanced vigil".