George Thomas Turner and Mason Pearson were back seat passengers in a VW Bora that collided with another car on the A61 at Busby Stoop. Two more teenage passengers remain in a critical condition in hospital, including the son of a firefighter who attended the crash scene.
George, who lived in Sowerby, was a Thirsk School sixth former and keen sportsman.
His family said:
“George was a beloved son and brother, taken far too soon. He always had a smile on his face, he was a happy cheeky chappy.
“George was a popular lad and had several very good friends, he was intelligent and highly thought-of by work colleagues. He was a sporty lad and played football at Thirsk Falcon Football Club and cricket with Thirsk Cricket Club.
“He enjoyed a bet, and was looking forward to his 18th birthday, when he would be able to place his first official stake with a betting operator. George was an avid Leeds United fan, just like his dad.
“He enjoyed eating pizza and was Milano Pizza Place’s best non-paying customer.
“George was such a bright light, who will continue to shine.”
Mason was an apprentice and lived in Thirsk. His parents added:
“Mason, our beautiful son and brother, was a fun-loving teenager with a zest for life. He was a hard worker who was making plans for his future, hardly able to contain his glee at soon becoming 18.
“He loved being with his friends, and an ideal Saturday was going with them to watch his one love, Middlesbrough Football Club. The void that has been left in our life is unbearable and beyond repair.
“Our hearts are shattered, we just want our boy safely back with us.”
Retained firefighter and postman David Brown, 47, arrived to cut casualties free from the wreckage only to discover his son Daniel, 17, had been badly hurt. He is now said to be 'out of the woods', according to David's mother Margaret.
The driver of the VW Bora, a 22-year-old local man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has been released on police bail whilst enquiries continue.
Officers are continuing to appeal for information about the collision, which also involved a black Ford Focus and resulted in seven people, including two children, being taken to hospital.
A 27-year-old man, a three-year-old girl and a six-month old boy, who were inside the Ford Focus, were discharged from hospital following treatment. A 24-year-old woman, also a passenger in the Ford Focus, is receiving treatment in hospital for what are considered as none life-threatening injuries.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information including dash-cam footage that could help with enquiries is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team or email [email protected]
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