Mother’s heart-breaking tribute to son who died in Sheffield road smash

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A heart-broken mum has paid tribute to her ‘gorgeous boy’ after he was tragically killed in a Sheffield road smash.

Josh Tyler, aged 16, of Hepworth Drive, Swallownest, Sheffield, was believed to be travelling home on his moped at 10.20pm on Friday when he was involved in a collision with a car on Mansfield Road.

Yesterday, Josh’s mum Julie Henley Smith posted an emotional tribute to her son on Facebook.


VIDEO: Floral tributes to Sheffield teenager who died in Swallownest road smash

It said: “You’ve touched & left leaving so many broken hearts my baby boy.

“Love you so so dearly, I really really hope you know how special & how much you are really loved & very much missed my baby & that this nightmare was all just a bad dream my boy.

“Kisses to you my gorgeous boy love you billions.”

His older sister Jodie also paid tribute to Josh.

It said: “My amazing beautiful gorgeous little brother!

“You never failed to make us laugh with your comedian jokes and you sarky comments

“You are one in a million no one could ever take that away or replace what we had.

“I’m so proud of you and going to do you just as proud, I just wish you was here with us, I’d do anything for it.

“I love you kiddo millions and you will always be with me.”

Described as a ‘popular’ and ‘happy’ young man, the Aston Academy pupil was due to take his GCSEs later this year.

Over the weekend dozens of floral tributes were laid at the scene of the crash by sobbing youngsters and dozens of bunches of flowers have been tied to the railings of Aston Academy.

One man, who paid tribute to Josh, said he “didn’t have a bad bone in his body” while another said: “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A flier left on Aston Academy gates with a picture of Josh in his school uniform on it read: “Josh a special person a special face, someone who cannot be replaced.”

One floral tribute at the scene read: ‘RIP Big Josh T, you was one in a million, school is going to be hard without my brother beside me.’

Another tribute said: ‘RIP Josh, heaven has another angel, but he has been taken too early’.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The 16-year-old boy who sustained fatal injuries in a collision in Swallownest on Friday night has now been named.

“Joshua Tyler, from Sheffield, was riding a red Peugeot Speedfighter moped along Mansfield Road, Swallownest, thought to be travelling away from Swallownest centre.

“At around 10.20pm, the moped and a blue Citroen C3 were in collision near to the junction with Florence Avenue.

“Joshua sustained fatal injuries.”

“Officers continue to appeal for witnesses to the collision.”

No arrests have been made.

It is thought that the moped was travelling along Mansfield Road heading away from Swallownest centre.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision.

Please call police on 101 quoting incident number 1246 of April 17.