Family agony over loss of ‘great’ son 12

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A FAMILY have spoken of their “wonderful” son who died following a collision on the Malton to Scarborough stretch of the A64.

Alex Bradley, 12, was killed after being hit by two vehicles near Stones Garage, near West Heslerton, on Monday.

He was taken to Scarborough Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Floral tributes were yesterday being left by relatives and friends at the scene.

In a statement, his parents said: “Alex was the most wonderful son, brother and grandson.

“He is loved by many and will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.

“The family would like to commend the emergency services for their relentless efforts to save Alex.”

Police believe Alex, who was a pupil at Norton College, was in collision with a grey Renault Scenic and was thrown into the path of a white Ford Transit van travelling in the opposite direction.

It is believed he was crossing the road to catch a bus to school after visiting a shop. Alex was a member of Eastfield Bowling Club and played in the league matches and club competitions across the Scarborough area after being introduced to the sport by his grandmother Joyce Evans.

Anne Ridge, secretary of Eastfield Bowling Club, said he would be deeply missed by members.

She said: “Our sympathies are with Alex’s family at this tragic time.

“Alex was a great bowler and was improving with every season.

“He was competitive, had the will to win, played some fantastic matches and beat some excellent players. He was a star. He was always cheerful and good company. He will be missed by every member of Eastfield and the wider bowling fraternity.”

There will be a minute’s silence at today’s game and the Sunday merit at Eastfield in his memory.

Phil Loftus, headteacher at Norton College, said the whole school community was in mourning.

He added: “Alex was a very popular pupil and friend to many.

“Since he arrived in Year Seven, it was clear that Alex was a very bright and able pupil. He settled quickly and made friends easily, he was popular with his classmates and well liked.

“He often displayed maturity beyond his years and was always helpful.

“He engaged totally with all aspects of school life, academically and practically and before the start of the school day he was often found helping out on the school farm and wanting to take part in sporting activities.

“Alex will be sorely missed by his friends, classmates and teachers. Everyone at Norton College is devastated and we all wish to convey our deepest sympathy to Alex’s family.”

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses to the incident and said they want to identify two motorists who they believe may have seen the collision.

Traffic Sargeant John Clayton, of the Roads Policing Group, said: “I particularly need to speak to the drivers of two vehicles which passed through the scene a few moments after it occurred.”

Anyone who saw the incident should contact TS Clayton on 0845 60 60 247.

An inquest into his death is expected to be opened and adjourned later this week.