Family tributes paid to Sheffield crash victims

Tributes left at the scene of the fatal car crash at Blackburn Road
Tributes left at the scene of the fatal car crash at Blackburn Road

The former headteacher of two teenagers who died in a fatal road smash days before Christmas said today their deaths were a ‘tragic waste of life.’

Joshua Fothergill and Liam Parkin, both 19, died at the scene on Blackburn Road, Wincobank, at 1am on Saturday.

They were in separate vehicles when the cars collided.

Three men aged 18,21 and 24, were injured.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene in Wincobank for Joshua, of Rotherham, and Liam, from Sheffield.

Liam’s mother said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been there for us.

“He was so well liked by so many people he will be missed by us all.”

His grandmother, who he lived with, said: “He was such a lovely young lad whose life has been cut too short.”

Joshua’s family was too upset to comment.

Both boys had attended Winterhill secondary school.

Headteacher Roger Burman said they were popular ‘characters’.

“I was devastated to hear the news, they were both in the prime of their lives, popular and it puts everything into perspective when you hear news like that.

“It is such a tragic waste of life,” he said.

Today dozens of floral tributes mark the crash spot in Sheffield.

Many of their friends who laid flowers at the scene on Saturday were too upset to speak.

One woman, who knew them from school, said: “They were really well liked. Everyone knew them, they were really popular lads. Everyone is saying how sad it is.”

An emotional note pinned to a lamppost read: “To my son and a brother. Fly high baby. RIP, missing you already, You will always be in our hearts, from all your family.”

Mr Burman said the pair were friends.

“They were on the brink of the rest of their lives, popular, had so much going for them,” he said.

“Then this has happened and it has robbed their families of them as well.”

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Peter Rippon, whose ward includes Wincobank, said: “Hopefully the community will pull together.

“It is so tragic, at any time of year, for the families but it is even more poignant at this time of year.”

Police said Joshua was in a black Vaxuhall Astra and Liam in a blue Peugeot which collided.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed.

Witnesses should call police on 101.