Devastated family and friends have paid moving tributes to a “lovely” teenager who died after falling from a motorway bridge.
Aaron Cook, 16, of Keepers Wood Way, Chorley, was struck by a car after he fell from a bridge over the M6 motorway.
A driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to notify police of an accident following the tragedy.
Today, shocked friends and relatives paid tribute to the ‘delightful’ and ‘sensitive’ former Parklands High School pupil, amid claims by friends on Facebook that he may have been bullied.
His family said in a statement: “He loved spending time with his friends and family and will be deeply missed.”
The teenager was studying childcare at Runshaw College with ambitions of becoming a nursery teacher.
Aaron died on Saturday night after falling from the motorway bridge before being hit by a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene.
The incident took place around 11.30pm, just past junction 28 on the M6 southbound, near Leyland.
A 38-year-old man from Stoke was in police custody yesterday being questioned about the incident.
Police said the teenager had been standing on the wrong side of the footbridge when he fell onto the carriageway.
Four vehicles swerved to avoid him but a fifth vehicle collided with him as he lay in lane one of the carriageway.
The southbound carriageway was closed for six hours between junctions 27 and 28 for a scene investigation to be carried out.
A spokesman for Runshaw College said: “Aaron was one of our trainee apprentices and he will be hugely missed.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”
Claire Hollister, headteacher of Parklands High School, where he attended until summer 2013, also paid tribute to the teenager.
She said: “Aaron was a delightful young man who had a very sensitive and caring side to him.
“He was always supportive of other pupils experiencing some form of difficulty or loss.
“Aaron was well-liked and respected among his peers.
“He contributed enthusiastically to all school activities and will be greatly missed by his circle of close knit friends.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Scores of tributes have flooded in to the teenager on Facebook, with many claiming he was the victim of bullying.
Leah Jeffries posted: “RIP Aaron. Still can’t believe we’re never going to see you again. You’ve done nothing wrong to deserve this. Sleep tight Hun. Thinking about your family.”
Ellen Mercer added: “You was such an innocent person, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt anybody. So why should people hurt you, you’re up there now, where no-one can hurt you, looking down on those who mean the world to you.”
Rebecca Gaskell said: “Rest in peace Aaron my thoughts go out to you and your family at this sad time you was such a lovely lad and you always smiled keep smiling in heaven we will never forget you rest in peace.”
Friend Sophie Carter posted: “You really were a lovely lad, and it takes a lot for me to say that about someone genuinely. You get some rest up there and look down on that family of yours and your loved ones.”