Bouquets for victims of dawn Leeds crash tragedy

Flowers are laid at the scene of the crash Picture: James Hardisty
Flowers are laid at the scene of the crash Picture: James Hardisty
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A mum of two young children was one of two people killed in an early hours crash in Leeds.

Leanne Bowman, 33, died along with 27-year-old James Coleman, in the incident in Beeston on Saturday.



Another man, 20-year-old Jai Coleman, was seriously injured. He was taken to hospital, where he was in a stable condition on Monday.

The trio – all thought to be from the local area – were in a Ford Focus that was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry on Middleton Grove at 5.30am.

The wagon was travelling in the opposite direction when the crash happened. Its driver was not injured.

Police closed the road for several hours after the incident while investigations took place and have appealed for anyone with information about what happened to come forward.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene.

One message read: “RIP Leanne. Will be missed by many.”

Another, addressed to “Leanne and James” said: “Sleep tight, will be missed. Thinking of you.”

One bunch of flowers carried a picture of Miss Bowman with two children.

The accident happened close to a slight bend in the road, which is in an industrial area not far from the John Charles Centre for Sport

Calls have already been made on social media for traffic calming measures on the road, where there is a 30mph speed limit.

But Angela Gabriel, councillor for Beeston and Holbeck, said the spot did not have a track record of incidents.

She said: “We’ve never had any trouble there as far as I know. Kids walk up and down that road to school and there’s never been an accident.

“This is a tragic incident.”

Friends and relatives spoke of their loss on social media sites.

One wrote that Miss Bowman was a “beautiful person and a wonderful mother”.

Another said: “A very sad day for all that knew Leanne she was an amazing woman loved by many.”

A friend of Mr Coleman’s wrote: “RIP James Coleman, taken too soon!! Will always remember the good times we all had back in the day. Such sad, heartbreaking news.”

Another friend wrote: “You can’t get anymore loyal than him. He puts a smile on everyone’s face and has the best sense of humour.”

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the West Yorkshire Police major collision enquiry team via 101.

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