Alcohol and excessive speed are factors in the death of Tony Adamo, police confirmed Sunday.
The popular 21-year-old was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a culvert head on in Barrhaven.
Paramedics found Adamo under his bike in the culvert on Longfields Dr. near Woodroffe Ave. around 2:20 a.m. Saturday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene due to a head injury.
Police said Adamo was driving west on Longfields and couldn’t handle the bend in the road.
By noon Sunday, seven colourful floral bouquets marked the site of his death.
“He was such a nice guy,” said Bassim Alghadban, who’s known Adamo for almost two years and came to the crash site to pay his respects.
“He never had any bad intent.”
Four rosaries were placed on the white makeshift cross mounted on a fence.
Yellow, peach, pink, purple, and cream flowers surrounded a photo of a smiling Adamo surrounded by five people.
The Adamo family is grieving privately.
Adamo’s aunt said he is survived by his younger sister Alyssa, who attends Carleton University, as well as his parents, grandparents, and extended family.
Adamo’s father, Frank Adamo, co-owns Italfoods, a well known distribution company.
Tony worked in the family business and is described by friends as humble, down to earth, and always joking around.
“He was just one of us,” said Alghadban.
“He prepares orders, sometimes he used to do delivery for customers.”
While Adamo was known for his love of music and dance, he was also a student at the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts.
Friends said Adamo had been talking about moving to Montreal and going to school there in September.
The motorcycle he was driving was registered in his dad’s name, but it was his bike, friends said, adding Adamo also had a car.
At the memorial site, a cream ceramic angel with white feathers was placed on the ground.
Someone wrote “Rest In Peace Tony we loved you + will miss you” at the bottom.