Leeds doctor and Leeds United fan killed in crash with lorry on A65 Addingham Wharfedale Road

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Police have named two young people killed in a crash on the A65 at Addingham.

Dr Maisie Ryan, a 27-year-old Leeds-based doctor and Oliver Knott, a 21-year-old from Ilkley, died at the scene after the crash which happened at around 8am on Thursday, February 18.

Leeds United fan Mr Knott died when his Black Ford Fiesta collided with a lorry carrying livestock, which was travelling in the opposite direction.

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Dr Ryan died after the lorry struck her Grey Fiat 500, following the crash with Mr Knott’s car.

Oliver Knott and Dr Maisie Ryan (photos: West Yorkshire Police).Oliver Knott and Dr Maisie Ryan (photos: West Yorkshire Police).
Oliver Knott and Dr Maisie Ryan (photos: West Yorkshire Police).

The driver of the lorry remains in hospital in a serious condition.

They have already raised more than £10,000 for the charity Anthony Nolan in her memory.

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On October 6, Dr Ryan's birthday, her friends will be running 27 kilometres - one kilometre for every year of her life - to raise even more cash.

The scene of the crash on the A65 at Addingham.The scene of the crash on the A65 at Addingham.
The scene of the crash on the A65 at Addingham.

Her friends wrote: "We’ve set up this page for our beautiful, kind, caring and sensitive friend Maisie who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on February 18th 2021.

"Maisie spent her life caring for others and worked so hard to become the brilliant doctor she was, a job that she loved.

"Anthony Nolan was a charity close to Maisie’s heart, and one which she worked with throughout her medical training and beyond.

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"We would like to use this page as a means of continuing the wonderful work Maisie was a part of, and as a way of sharing happy memories and celebrating all that Maisie was.

"She was a friend to all that knew her, and this is a loss to this world that will be felt by many.

"Anthony Nolan is an incredible charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer who need a stem cell transplant."

Dr Ryan had worked for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, but left last year, according to a spokeswoman.

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It is believed she had been working at another hospital trust in Yorkshire.

She was originally from Derby and studied medicine at Newcastle University.

Mr Knott was a student in Liverpool.

His junior football club paid tribute to him in a moving Facebook post.

They wrote: "It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the tragic death of one of our former players, 21-year-old Oliver Knott.

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"Oliver joined Thackley Juniors at under sevens, and played through to u-18 level before leaving for university in Liverpool.

"Whilst he was a competent centre back in his early days, Oliver’s talents as a goalkeeper quickly became apparent - winning various accolades throughout his time with both Thackley Storm and Lightning teams, including the players' player and coach's player of the year on numerous occasions.

"Oliver was instrumental in the Storm team's only league win in 2014, and will be remembered as an intelligent, kind hearted, funny character, that will be truly missed by everyone that knew and played with him.

"Our heartfelt sympathy go to Oliver's family and friends.

"Oliver Knott 1999-2021."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "The cause of the collision is still under investigation and Police are appealing for witnesses, DashCam or phone footage of the incident, to come forward. Anyone who is able to assist is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 or use the live chat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus quoting log number 284 of 18 February."