Family of Sheffield crash victim Liam Parkin say his life was ‘cut short’

Tributes left at the scene of the fatal car crash at Blackburn Road
Tributes left at the scene of the fatal car crash at Blackburn Road
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The family of Sheffield teenager Liam Parkin, who died in a double fatal road collision this weekend, have paid tribute to the 19-year-old.

Liam was inside a Peugeot involved in a collision with an Astra in Blackburn Road, Wincobank, at around 1am on Saturday.

He died at the scene as did Joshua Fothergill, also 19, and of Rotherham, who was inside the Astra.

Today Liam’s mother, who did not want to give her name, said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been there for us. He was so well liked by so many people he will be missed by us all.”

And his grandmother, who he lived with, added: “He was such a lovely young lad whose life has been cut too short.”

It is believed both boys had attended Winterhill School in Rotherham.

Today dozens of bouquets of flowers have been tied to a lamppost near to where the collision took place near The Railway Hotel.

One note pinned to a bunch read: “To my son and a brother. Fly high baby. RIP, missing you already, You will always be in our hearts, from all your family.”

Another read: “Josh, gone but not forgotten.”

Three other men inside the Peugeot – a 24-year-old from Rotherham, an 18-year-old from Rotherham and a 21-year-old man - were injured and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Two of them have now been discharged.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision. He has now been bailed.

Star readers have also expressed their sympathies.

Susan Wallis wrote on Facebook: “Thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.”

And Patricia White said: “It is terrible, such tragic news.”

One nearby resident said there had been several collisions on the road.

She said: “It is quite dangerous, it is because there are no lights, it’s something to do with the roadworks but there are no lights whatsoever.”

The road was closed but has now reopened.

Police are now appealing for witnesses or anyone who saw either vehicle before the collision to get in touch.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 82 of December 20.