Leeds crash horror: In silent shock they gathered to mourn

They stood, shocked and silent, in front of the wall where a friend died and two others suffered terrible injuries.

A small crowd of almost 20 young people gathered outside a remote house on Otley Old Road, Bramhope, where the Peugeot 106 crashed.


"We've come to pay our respects," said 20-year-old James Gledhill, of Tinshill, who had just come back from visiting his friends in Leeds General Infirmary.

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He described Matthew Norman, 18, who died, was a "big personality – no one like him."

James had managed to talk to Alex Farrell, 19, before he was taken into the operating theatre. "He was conscious but couldn't remember what happened," he said. "He has a lot of fractures."

But he wasn't able to see Jordan Cox who is said to be in a critical condition. "He is pretty bad," said James.

Jessica Woodgate, 18, of St James Terrace, Horsforth, was tearful as she recalled Matthew as "the closest friend I had".

"We grew up together at St Margaret's primary school and Horsforth School," she said. "He was just the best person. He was always bubbly and happy and made everyone smile.

"We were all mates who went out together in the car which crashed. He would just drive us around in it.

"I just wish he would have been here to see my baby boy born in June. He was really excited and happy for me. I'm going to call him Alfie Matthew."

Jessica's mother, Keeley Woodgate, said: "Matthew used to call me his second mum."

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