Family pays tribute to tragic Reece

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THE family of a teenage boy who died after a car collided with his bike, have paid tribute to their “number one son”.

Reece Whitehead’s mum and dad, Helen Whitehead and Jamie Knowles, issued a statement following the accident that happened on Tuesday night.

Reece Whitehead

Reece Whitehead

It said: “Our loving son, we love you so much, you have gone too soon and it hurts so much.

“We will miss you forever and will never forget the love we all had for each other.

“You’re the number one son and that will never change.”

The family tribute echoed sentiments from Reece’s brothers and extended family adding: “Your brothers Cameron and Elliott will miss and love you forever, just like us, and so will your nanas, granddads, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends.

“We love you, our number one son all the way to the end.”

Friends of 14-year-old Reece, who is believed to have been a pupil at Larches House School, also remembered him on social media where a number of tributes were posted on a Facebook post about the accident.

Danielle Porterfield wrote: “R.i.p lad fly high with the angels. Sweet dreams Xx” while Mark Hardie added: “R.i.p Reece, such a tragedy, thoughts & prayers to your family & friends, god bless ya kidda.”

Former neighbour of Reece, Christine Allen, said: “Rip Reece.

“My heart goes out to ur family whom I got to know whilst being ur neighbour in the past x.”

Reece suffered serious injuries after colliding with a silver BMW 5 series saloon that was travelling east along New Hall Lane towards Brockholes Brow close to the junction with Cairnsmore Avenue earlier this week.

He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital, but died in the early hours of

Wednesday morning.

The road was closed for four hours while investigations took place.

Sgt Gareth Hill, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident where a teenager has sadly died and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed this collision or who has any information to contact us.”