Mid Wales

Tribute to cyclist killed near Welshpool in road collision

The family of a 14-year-old cyclist killed in a collision with a car in Powys has described him as a "generous, giving and sensitive young man".

James Hodgson, from Arddleen, near Welshpool, was critically injured near his home on the A483 last Thursday.

He was taken to hospital in Shrewsbury, but was later transferred to Birmingham Children's Hospital where he died.

Speaking on behalf of the family, friend Cathy Jervis said James was a "fantastic" son, brother and grandson.

'Very generous'

The crash happened on the A483 north of Welshpool, between Four Crosses and Arddleen, at 16:40 GMT.

The road was closed for six hours following the incident.

Mrs Jervis said: "Jim was a very generous, giving and sensitive young man. He was popular and made friends easily.

"He was a member of Four Crosses young farmers and embraced being a member of the farming community. Jim had a natural affinity with animals.

"This tragedy has left an enormous void in all of our lives. He was a fantastic son, brother and grandson."

Sgt Sean Westlake of Dyfed-Powys Police said last Friday that the crash, which involved a black Volkswagen Polo car, happened while the boy was out cycling with a friend.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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