Humberside

Friend's tribute to teenager killed in East Cowick car crash

The friend of a Birmingham teenager killed with his father in a car crash has described him as a popular, hard-working boy who was "always smiling".

Ethan Sarkar, 14, and his father Derek, 46, died in a collision on a bridge over the River Aire on the A614 at East Cowick at about 13:30 BST on Saturday.

Sheila Stavert-Lee, 70, from Wigginton near York, also died in the crash.

Ethan's mother, 43, and his nine-year-old sister remain in a critical condition in Leeds General Infirmary.

Speaking from outside the Sarkar's family home in Sheldon Heath Road, Connor Meredith, 14, said he had been devastated by news of Ethan's death.

He said: "He was the best. He was my best friend and I loved him, I thought the world of him. He was funny and popular and he was always hard working.

"He would always cheer you up if you were down and he was always smiling. He would help anyone.

"I came to his house every day to walk to school with him. I was speaking to him yesterday on BlackBerry messenger and then he just didn't reply. I found out later what had happened, from his cousin. I am devastated."

Connor said he believed the family had been visiting relatives for a birthday celebration.

Mr Sarkar was driving over the bridge with his son in the front passenger seat when their silver Volkswagen Golf was involved in a head-on collision with Mrs Stavert-Lee's red Volvo V70.

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: "It appears the Volvo had crossed on to the wrong side of the carriageway into the path of the oncoming Golf."

Anyone who saw the crash has been urged to contact Humberside Police.

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