Tributes for A1 tragedy boy, 16

THE family of a 16-year-old Wetherby boy who was killed on the A1 on Saturday night have paid tribute to the boy with a "heart of gold".

Daniel Lawrence died after he was hit by a Toyota Carina on the southbound carriageway. Dozens of floral tributes have been placed on the road by his family, friends, and fellow pupils from Wetherby High School.

Speaking at their home in Calder Close, Wetherby, Daniel's family spoke about the big part he played in their lives. In a statement they said: "We all loved him so much and will miss him with all our hearts."

They described Daniel as someone who was always smiling and cracking jokes with everyone.

The statement went on: "He had a heart of gold, would help anyone out in any situation. He would spend his last penny on others. Everyone who met him could not help but like him, we are so proud of him and always have been."

Daniel's mother, Kim Kinsey, said her son was a talented footballer who played for Kirk Deighton under-16s team. He was a huge Leeds United fan, and his favourite player was Alan Smith.

She added: "He was a romantic and enjoyed singing. When I was on nights I'd go to bed and I'd hear him singing away in his room."

The family have been overwhelmed by the support from Daniel's friends: They said: "We would like to thank all his friends at school for the amazing tributes they have done for Danny and all their caring thoughts have helped us so much. We have had so much support from family and friends to help us through this tragic accident that should never have happened."

Wetherby High School's headteacher, Robert Stott, said: "Staff and pupils of Wetherby High School were shocked to hear of the tragic death of Daniel Lawrence at the weekend.

"Daniel was very popular, with great potential. One of Daniel's favourite subjects was drama and he recently gave an exceptional performance for his GCSE coursework.

"He was a great team player both in drama and PE where he consistently set himself a high standard. Daniel had a great love of all sport, particularly football."

Wetherby Community Constable PC Paul Rowden went to the school to speak to students about the accident. He said he was impressed with the how the students had supported each other and Daniel's family.

He added: "There's a void in the community and there's a void in the school. I'm quite sure the young people will show us how to deal with it."

Police are still baffled as to why Daniel was on the A1. He was hit on the southbound carriageway next to the entry sliproad at Wetherby. Police are appealing for anyone who was driving along the stretch of road at around midnight to get in touch as they believe several vehicles may have hit Daniel after the initial collision without realising. Drivers should contact the motorway unit on 01924 294933 or 0845 6060606.

sarah.kelly@ypn.co.uk