North West Wales

Tribute to Llandudno crash death teenager Ryan Owen

Ryan Owen of Llandudno, Conwy
Image caption Ryan Owen's death was 'a waste of a young life' his family said

The family of a teenager who died following a road crash have said he "had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone."

Ryan Llewelyn Owen, 17, from Llandudno, Conwy, died on Saturday two days after his car hit a signpost in the town.

His parents, Llew and Sonya, and his sister, Tanya, and brother, Marc, said the support of his many friends had been "a fantastic comfort to them".

Within a day of his death 1,500 online tributes had been paid, they said.

"His friends have been brilliant and their dedication to him has been amazing," said Tanya.

"Girls and boys stayed at the hospital day and night and their care has helped us enormously."

His parents added: "It's been a real comfort to know how much people thought of him."

They said the former John Bright School pupil was always entertaining his classmates with his witty one liners.

He had loved football, having played for the Llandudno club from the under-10s to the under-15s.

The family said Ryan's loss in such tragic circumstances was "a waste of a young life" which they hoped other families would never have to go through.

Arrested

Ryan was driving a Peugeot when the crash happened on the A470 at 2305 BST on Thursday.

He was treated at Glan Clwyd Hospital at Bodelwyddan.

After the collision, three other young drivers were arrested and questioned. Police said they were suspected of travelling in convoy with the Peugeot.

North Wales Police have an appeal for witnesses to the crash near the junction with Vicarage Avenue.

The car was travelling towards Llanrhos when the collision happened.

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