Tribute to cyclist Matthew Hamilton killed in car crash

Matthew Hamilton
Image caption Matthew's head teacher described him as a loyal friend

The parents of a 15-year-old boy who died when his bicycle was in collision with a car in Carlisle have spoken of his passion for life.

Matthew Hamilton was cycling with friends from a path from Harraby Grove on to Brunel Way when the crash happened on Sunday evening.

The teenager was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

His parents Emma and Derek described him as a "happy-go-lucky lad who enjoyed life".

They said: "Matthew was well liked and loved by all his friends. He had a passion for life and was dedicated to his family.

"Matthew spent all his life in the Harraby area of Carlisle.

'Very proud'

"He went to Inglewood Primary School followed by Richard Rose Academy. He was well liked and loved by his many friends at the school.

"He adored his dogs and taking them for walks and he was forever out on his bike to socialise with his friends."

Matthew had six brothers and sisters and his parents said the teenager would be missed by all who knew and loved him.

They said: "The whole family are very proud of Matthew. He was a happy go lucky lad who enjoyed life."

Richard Rose Academy head teacher Jacky Kennedy also paid tribute.

She said: "Matthew was a loyal friend who had a great sense of humour.

"He will always be remembered for having a smile that could light up a room."

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