Sea of flowers left at Hemsworth quad bike crash scene

PIC: Scott Merrylees
PIC: Scott Merrylees
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Dozens of floral tributes have been left at the scene of a horrific quad bike crash which killed four friends who had been celebrating the youngest victim’s 16th birthday.

Terrie Kirby died along with her three friends, Ryan Beal and Brandon Brown, both 20, and Alexandra Binns, 18, when their quad bike was hit by a sports car on the A6201 between Upton and Hemsworth on Sunday.

Flowers and 16th birthday balloons have been left at the side of the road near where the quad bike they were riding on was hit by a Nissan 350Z at around 12.30am.

Three of the group died at the scene while one of the men died in hospital from his injuries. All of the victims were from the Upton area.

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School in Featherstone, where Mr Brown was a pupil, will install a plaque at the school in his memory.

Iain Mcabe, assistant headteacher, said: “Brandon made the most of his time at St Wilfrid’s, he worked within the communication and resource team and quickly made great strides and established himself within the year group.

“As he grew, so did his confidence, showing his strengths on the rugby field and within his practical lessons.

“He was a real character who grew into a fine young man and was looking forward to making his mark in the world of mechanics.

“A loving brother who always looked out for his family; a young man who was taken too soon, and will be missed.”

Two men, aged 21 and 22, who were in the Nissan were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101.


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