Tributes paid to Leeds teenager killed in car tragedy

A schoolboy knocked down and killed in Otley town centre on New Year's Eve was a "loving and wonderful son", his devastated parents said today.

Jamie Still, 16, suffered fatal injuries after he was struck by a silver Vauxhall Corsa in Boroughgate just after 9pm last Friday.

A 20-year-old local man - arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by dangerous driving - was released on police bail pending further enquiries.


Jamie's parents, Karen Strong and Mike Still, of Otley, said: "Jamie was the most loving and wonderful son. He was not a 'typical teenager' and was a caring and thoughtful young man who was much loved by his family and friends. We are utterly devastated by the loss of our son.

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"We would like to thank the emergency services and staff at Leeds General Infirmary for all the work they did to try to save Jamie's life."

Catherine McMahon, acting headteacher of Jamie's school, St Mary's at Menston, said: "James was a truly gentle young man. His thoughtful and caring nature was evident in all aspects of school life.

"James represented everything that is good about St. Mary's. He was very hard working and popular with students and staff.

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"His kind and generous disposition was valued by his close circle of very loyal friends.

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"The impact of James' death is devastating. We are working together to support all members of our community, in particular James' family and close friends, during this very difficult time.

"An appropriate and lasting memorial to James will be planned in the near future."

His funeral will be held at Our Lady & All Saints Catholic Church, Otley at noon on Wednesday, January 12.

Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone who saw the car or Jamie just before the incident, to call 01924 293 047.