Three months after his much-loved son Tim was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Cottesloe, once-keen cyclist Ian Anderson cannot bring himself to put his bike back on the road.
The Perth eye surgeon, once a regular participant in the charity event Ride for Youth, said he had used his mountain bike a few times since his son's death but found it too upsetting.
Mr Anderson, a 26-year-old chemical engineer from City Beach, was hit while riding home on Curtin Avenue on the night of March 8 after training for the fundraising ride. He died a few hours later in hospital.
Two men have been charged over the incident, with the driver, Ross Thomas Murray, pleading guilty in April to aggravated dangerous driving causing death and failing to stop. He is yet to be sentenced.
Dr Anderson said he and wife Val were still coming to terms with the death of their youngest son but were supporting a scholarship to be launched next week in his honour.
Youth Focus, a suicide prevention program, has earmarked $100,000 from money raised from Ride for Youth, held in March, to fund an annual education scholarship for a past or current client.
The group's chief executive Jenny Allen said the Tim Anderson Scholarship would help young West Australians reach their education goals.
"Tim, along with his whole family, was a tremendous supporter of our work with young people in the community who are dealing with mental health issues," she said.
"Through the generosity of the Anderson family, his fellow Hawaiian Ride for Youth participants and members of the general public, a fund has been established from which the annual investment proceeds will be distributed in the form of at least one scholarship."
Dr Anderson said his son would have wanted to see others helped to further their education.
"Tim had a double degree in science and chemical engineering and after working overseas for some time the reason he was back in Perth was to do his masters, so education was really important to him," he said.
"He trained really hard for the Ride for Youth, an event which I had taken part in for many years, but something he had also started to feel very passionate about."Dr Anderson said he had always planned to make this year's Ride for Youth his last, because he was the "grandfather of the ride" but he would always support it, particularly now it had a more personal significance.
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