The heartbroken mum of a ‘lovely’ Sheffield teenager killed in a car crash said today: “Our world has fallen apart.”
Brad Byrne, aged 19, of Westland Grove, Westfield, died after the Seat Leon he was driving hit a Renault van on the A57 in Beighton.
Devastated mum Michelle, 37, said: “We were supposed to be going on holiday on Wednesday but we’re having to pick up a death certificate instead.
“We’re just broken, there are no other way of putting it. There are not even words to describe it.
“You don’t expect it. It’s like our world has fallen apart.”
Brad’s girlfriend Gemma Evison, 19, and the 41-year-old driver of the van were also seriously injured in the crash on Friday morning.
His family today paid tribute to their ‘lovely funny lad’.
“You’ll never get another Brad, he was always upbeat with a smile on his face and could always put smiles on other peoples faces,” Michelle said.
“He’d make everyone laugh and was funny even when he didn’t even mean to be.
“He was the most funny person I’ve ever known he would just brighten your day up.”
His sister Rochelle, 18, said: “He would always come out with daft stupid stuff, he would make everyone laugh.”
Brad – described as a ‘popular’ young man with ‘many friends’ – was hoping to move in with girlfriend Gemma and had a job interview arranged for today to be an apprentice scaffolder.
Michelle revealed ‘she knew’ something had happened to Brad.
She said: “One of the last things he said to me was ‘mum where are my socks’ as he left the house to take Gemma home.
“Me and his dad Roger were on the way to Doncaster a while later to pick a car up and I said to him ‘something has happened to Brad’. I knew, I don’t know I just knew it.
“I felt sick and Roger said ‘don’t be stupid’. I tried ringing Brad, I got no answer, he always picked up and I messaged Gemma and she didn’t reply.
“I saw on Facebook there had been an accident on the A57 and I just knew that was Brad.
“We pulled up and said to the policewoman ‘tell me that isn’t a black Seat Leon’ and the officer radioed and said ‘we’ve got Brad’s parents here’.
“They wouldn’t let me go to him but I saw the car and there wasn’t a car left.
“I’m surprised Gemma is alive.”
The couple were taken to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital in an air ambulance but Brad later died from his injuries.
A wall of flowers and tributes – including a McDonald’s meal – have been left at the scene of the crash
Michelle said: “It’s funny because Brad loved his McDonald’s, he lived on it.
“He was not a big drinker but he was definitely an eater, he was forever in the fridge.”
“It was always a double cheesburger with just ketchup on it,” Rochelle added.
Mum Michelle also said the family have been ‘overwhelmed’ by all the cards and flowers and wished to say ‘thank you’ for all the support.