Mother pays tribute to Scunthorpe death crash teenager

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Joshua Parkin, centre, with his sister and one of his brothers
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Joshua Parkin was one of seven children

A mother whose 16-year-old son was killed in a crash in North Lincolnshire has described him as her "rock".

Joshua Parkin, of Bluebell Grove, Brigg, was killed alongside Laura McGowan, 16, when the car they were in collided with a lorry in Scunthorpe.

His mother Christina Reed said: "He was a mummy's boy at times but he was my rock and was definitely the man of the house."

Another 16-year-old girl who was in the car is seriously ill in hospital.

Ms Reed said Joshua had six brothers and a sister, all of whom adored him.

"Josh had big plans for his future. He had wanted to be in the Army but his asthma held him back.

"He had enrolled at North Lindsey College to a welding and engineering course, which he was looking forward to."

She added: "Josh was one in a million and they broke the mould when they made him.

"He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was my best friend and I will miss him walking out of the door in his favourite tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt that he always wore."

Police said the car, a blue Honda Civic, was travelling on Dawes Lane towards Brigg and the HGV, a blue DAF, was travelling in the opposite direction when they collided at 1646 BST on Saturday.

The car driver, an 18-year-old man, was arrested and has been released on bail.

The 30-year-old man who was driving the lorry remains in hospital with serious injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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