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Parents pay tribute to Doncaster death crash teenagers

(Left to right) Michael Gallagher, Antonia Browne and Thomas Hughes
Image caption The teenagers had been in a Honda Civic when it skidded off the road and hit a tree near Doncaster

The parents of two teenagers who died when a car hit a tree in South Yorkshire have paid tribute to them.

The driver, Michael Gallagher, 16, Thomas Hughes, 15, and Antonia Browne, 14, died in the early hours of Sunday.

The Honda Civic, which belonged to a relative of one of the teenagers, was torn in two in the crash on the A630 near Doncaster at about 0430 GMT.

Thomas was described as a "model son" and Antonia as "caring". Michael's parents have not released a statement.

Thomas's parents said: "Tom was a gentle giant, he always put others first.

"We can't believe he has gone from our lives. He never brought us any problems and was the model son.

"You could not wish to meet a better person, we are all totally devastated."

Antonia's family said: "Antonia was beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.

"She was always happy and made everyone around her happy. It goes without saying that we are all going to miss her."

Image caption Friends of the three teenagers gathered at the scene of the crash to leave tributes

Antonia and Michael were pupils at Doncaster's McAuley Catholic High School, whose head teacher Paul Gray described them as "very popular".

He said Michael "was a bright student with bright prospects".

Michael, from Warmsworth, had been driving and was cut free from the front of the car. Antonia, of Balby, and Tom, a Hall Cross School pupil from Bessacarr, were cut free from the back seat.

They were taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary where they were all pronounced dead.

South Yorkshire Police want to speak to anyone who saw the Honda Civic, registration number YH53 EBF, between 2000 GMT on Saturday and 0430 GMT on Sunday in the Balby, Warmsworth and Conisbrough areas of Doncaster.

Ch Supt Keith Lumley, of South Yorkshire Police, said the car was heading towards Warmsworth when it failed to negotiate a left-hand bend. He said the road was "cold, wet and probably icy".

"The driver was only 16 years old so was unlicensed and would have been very inexperienced.

"For some reason he lost control of the vehicle and it has collided with the tree across the road."

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