Colleagues hold minute’s silence for teenager killed in Sheffield arena collision

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Heartbreaking tributes have been paid to a South Yorkshire teenager who tragically died after being hit by a car outside Sheffield Arena.

The teenager from Rotherham, named locally as Louis Booth, aged 19, is thought to have been attending a sell-out The Prodigy gig when he was struck by a silver Audi A3.

The incident happened outside the arena on Broughton Lane around 9.25pm on Saturday, November 28.

Mr Booth, from Kimberworth, was quickly taken to hospital with life-threatening head injuries but sadly died on Sunday evening.

The teenager studied A Levels at Rotherham Thomas College and was working for Chapman’s Agricultural engineering firm in Sheffield.

Yesterday, staff at the firm held a minute’s silence in memory of Louis.

Lee Saunders, projects and process manager at Chapman’s Agricultural said: “We were all devastated and shocked to hear about the passing of Louis Booth over the weekend.

“Louis was an intelligent, enthusiastic young man with a bright future ahead of him who was regarded as a ‘star of the future’.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at such a difficult time – He will be missed dearly.”

The popular teenager’s death has sparked a flurry of tributes to him.

Friend Jake Eyre said: “RIP Louis Booth. Make the most of life. Appreciate the people you love and the people who love you.

“You never know what’s around the corner. Never forgotten mate. One of a kind.”

Jodie Elizabeth Walters said: “Shocking news. R.I.P Louis Booth, I can honestly say you will be missed greatly by so many!

“Yet another taken away far too young! Such a lovely lad who everyone loved and every girls crush in school maybe even a few boys.

Heart goes out to your family and friends! Rest in piece Lou.”

James Atherton said: “Can’t believe what news I’ve heard about Louis Booth, I didn’t know you long but you were one of best lads I’ve ever met, rest in peace buddy, thoughts go out to your family and friends.”

Richard Williams, principal of Rotherham Thomas College, said that many who taught him are ‘shocked’ and ‘saddened’ at his death.

“Louis was a polite, extremely focused, well-mannered young man who was attentive in lessons,” Mr Williams said.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Louis family at this sad time.”