Friends weep for Sheffield car crash death pal Lewis Shaw

Heartbreak: Friends gather to place a flag and floral tributes at the scene of the death crash in Hillsborough.

Heartbreak: Friends gather to place a flag and floral tributes at the scene of the death crash in Hillsborough.

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GRIEF-STRICKEN young mourners gathered to pay tribute to a Sheffield lad killed in a horror smash - and to pray for a pal who is fighting for life in hospital.

Lewis Shaw, aged 20, died and pal Jack Battle, 18, was seriously injured after the Vauxhall Corsa in which they were both passengers ran out of control in Far Lane, Wadsley, Sheffield.

Victim: Lewis Shaw

Victim: Lewis Shaw

The car struck a sign before hitting a lamppost, overturning, and colliding with a wall on Thursday night.

A huge crowd of young people gathered at the scene yesterday to pay their respects to Lewis, of Worrall Road, Hillsborough.

And they sent their thoughts to promising young boxer Jack, who remains in the Northern General Hospital today. He suffered a collapsed lung in the collision.

Friends wept and comforted one another as they laid flowers above a wall which had been spray-painted with the words ‘RIP Lewis’, accompanied by a heart.

A St George’s cross flag, covered in heartfelt messages to the former Wisewood Secondary School pupil, was pinned on a gate above.

Pals spoke of how Lewis - an employee at the Walkley branch of Asda - had been due to jet off on a lads’ holiday to Magaluf in Spain in two weeks’ time to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

The Liverpool FC fan was also looking forward to turning 21 in September.

His best friend Alex Gillott, 17, was also in the car but escaped the accident with minor cuts.

Alex, of Wisewood, said he was still in shock as he told The Star: “It was horrible. Other people rang ambulance. My phone got smashed up and I’ve got a few cuts on my arm. I can’t believe I walked away from it.

“I’ve been best mates with him for ages. Nobody has got anything bad to say about him. He was just a proper lovely person.”

Neighbour and friend Sophie Clarke, 19, of Worrall Road, Hillsborough, said: “We’ve been friends for three years, he lived up the road from me so I saw him a lot.

“He was such a caring lad, he never really thought about himself, just other people. It’s so sad.”

Callum Struggles, 18, of Stannington, said: “Lewis had his whole life planned out. A lot of people are in shock.”

Levi Ashall, 18, of Wadsley, added: “He was about as nice as you could ever get. We went to school with him and I don’t think there’s one person who’d speak badly of him.”

In a statement, Lewis’ family said: “Lewis was one of the most kind hearted people we knew. He would always put others before himself, and always considered other people’s feelings. He was really generous and his brother Keiron’s best friend.

“All who know him will miss him loads and it will be an empty place without him.”

A relative of Jack, who did not wish to be named, said he understood the teen was undergoing surgery for internal injuries at the Northern General Hospital yesterday.

He said: “Jack loves boxing. It’s his life. He was due to fight in November and he’d just won matches at Doncaster arena.

“We can’t believe this has happened - a daft mistake that’s ruined these lads’ lives and killed one of them.”

The driver of the vehicle, an 18-year-old man, sustained serious injuries in the crash.

n Witnesses are asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1,005 of August 9.

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