'We just send our hearts out to both families' - tributes to Wetherby crash victims

A Birstall Victoria Rugby League Club manager has paid tribute to a former team  physio who died in a crash outside Wetherby Racecourse.

Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 5:00 pm

Grandfather Adrian Scott, 65, was hit by a silver Mercedes C220 car outside the racecourse on York Road just after 5pm on Saturday.

He received emergency treatment at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Adrian's friend Lee Roberts, 52, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the hospital from the scene.

Adrian Scott

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Police said Mr Roberts remains in a critical condition today. (Nov 5)

The two friends were associated with Birstall Victoria RL Club, where Mr Roberts coached the open-age team and Mr Scott was a former physio for the club.

Mark Lockwood, 57, Birstall Victoria open age team manager, said: "It is just awful, a tragedy. It is so sad for both families and we are praying for Lee."

Mr Lockwood said Mr Scott and Mr Roberts were in a group of around 12 friends who had gone to the same race meeting for around 20 years.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision, on the B1224 York Road next to Wetherby racecourse. A silver Mercedes C220, was travelling west towards Wetherby town centre, before colliding with two pedestrians who were part of a group walking along the road in the same direction. A 65-year-old man received emergency treatment at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later and has been named by police as Adrian Scott.

Mr Lockwood said: "They go every year to this race meeting and this tragedy has struck them down.

"We just send our hearts out to both families. We are all praying for Lee that he pulls through and our hearts are with Adrian's family."

Mr Lockwood said Mr Scott was a physio at the rugby club several years ago.

Mr Lockwood said: "He was just a lovely bloke. He got involved doing physio for us because one of his sons played for us at the time.

Floral tributes placed at the scene of the tragedy.

"He was just a great community guy, just a lovely honest man.

"Everybody is gutted because everybody knows everybody in places like Birstall. Everybody is just broken, it's numbing really."

Mr Lockwood said Lee Roberts is the head coach of the open age rugby team, adding: "We have got a really young team, they just look up to him. He is a good leader and a good bloke."

In a statement released earlier this week , Adrian Scott's family said: "Adrian was a well-loved father, father-in-law, grandad, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by all.

A police appeal for information at the scene of the tragedy.

"We would like to thank all those who were with him at the time, especially the emergency services and those who helped at the scene.

"Our thoughts and well wishes go out to Lee Roberts and his family at this tragic time."

A Go Fund Me fundraising page has been launched for Mr Roberts, who is self-employed.

It is hoped that the money raised will support him financially through what friends described as a "terrible and heartbreaking tragedy".

The driver of the Mercedes involved in the cash, a 40-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and later released under investigation.

West Yorkshire Police is urging anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the circumstances leading up to it is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 quoting 13190563820.