THE five victims killed when a stolen car crashed into a tree in a scene of “complete carnage” have been named as a tearful vigil was held in their honour.
Brothers Ellis and Elliott Thornton, aged 12 and 14, were both killed along with Darnell Harte, 15, Anthoney Armour, 28, and Robbie Meerun, 24, with tributes flowing for the tragic victims.
Ben Lack Ellis and Elliott Thornton were two of five people who died in a crash yesterday Ben Lack Darnell Harte has been locally named as the third victim of the crash
A vigil was tonight held for the young victims, with dozens of mourners gathering at the scene of the crash.
One young woman wrote a message on social media for victims Ellis and Elliott Thornton, saying: “I don’t really know what to say. Every time I go to speak I cry. My head and my body is full of pain.
“I wish I told you I love you everyday, I wish I didn’t shout, argue and fight with you, I wish you could just be with me right this second, I am so lost for words. I wish you were here.
“How can you just be gone like a flick of a switch? I love you with every piece of me, and I always will.”
Ben Lack Robbie Meerun, 24, has been paid tribute to after the horrific crash claimed his life Ben Lack Anthoney Armour, 28, was also killed in the Leeds crash Two 15-year-old schoolboys arrested after three children and two adults killed when stolen car smashed into a tree in Leeds
The boys’ godmother, 34-year-old Louise Thornton, said the deaths of the “cheeky chappies”, who lived with their mum and two sisters, had led left a “huge void in their lives”.
She said: “Elliott was the eldest. He was very loving and very trusting. He was so proud of his family, his mum and dad and his two sisters, Ebony, 16, and Bronte, five.
“Ellis was the youngest and he looked up to Elliott and Ebony as well … They will be hugely missed by the family.
“It will leave a huge devastating void. As a family we have already been through so much.”
Other tributes were left for 15-year-old Darnell, with one woman writing on social media: “RIP Darnell, gone but never forgotten, my baby brother always.”
Family and friends of dad Anthoney Armour said they had been left with a hole in their hearts, writing: “The devastation you’ve left behind is just beyond words.”
A heartbreaking note was also written in memory of victim Robbie Meerun, 24, with a friend describing him as the “funniest most trust worthy guy”.
Ben Lack The two brothers, aged 14 and 12, were killed when the car hit a tree in Leeds SWNS:South West News Service A mother arrived at the distressing scene this morning © Glen Minikin Mourners gathered at the scene of the crash in a touching vigil Reuters Detectives examine the crash site which saw the Renault Clio collide with the tree Maverick Photography Officers carrying out a fingertip search of Stonegate Road
Two of the group died instantly and three later died of their injuries after being taken to hospital from the crash site on Stonegate Road.
Police have arrested two schoolboys, both 15, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Officers said they were investigating whether there were seven people in the vehicle and are appealing for witnesses.
One described the scene in the Meanwood area of the city as “complete carnage” when they arrived and the vehicle has since been removed by police.
Reuters Debris from the site in the Meanwood area of the city are marked up as evidence
A resident of Stonegate Road, who wished to remain anonymous, described hearing a “loud bang” which sounded like a “firecracker”.
He said: “Me and my wife were watching TV some time between 9.30pm and 10pm when we heard a loud bang. I have seen the car which I believe had an ’05 number plate completely squashed.
“Within minutes, dozens of police cars, a fire engine and several ambulances were at the scene.
“We could hear the sirens and see blue flashing lights and that’s when we realised something very serious had happened.
Another resident said that the car had been completely destroyed, saying: “You couldn’t even recognise it as a car.
“It was just a crumpled mess.”
© Glen Minikin Officers from West Yorkshire Police examining the scene between Stainbeck Lane and Stainbeck Avenue SWNS:South West News Service Floral tributes have been left at the scene
Detective chief inspector Jim Griffiths said: “This is clearly a tragic incident in which five young people have lost their lives.
“We are currently investigating the exact circumstances of what happened.
“I would like to take this opportunity to ask anyone who saw what happened or has information about it to call us on 101 quoting log 1859 of Saturday 26 November.”
The collision took place on Stonegate Road between Stainbeck Lane and Stainbeck Avenue.
Thoughts are with those who are effected by this Road Traffic Collision on Stonegate Road in #Leeds.
If you’re driving in North East Leeds, please avoid the area as the road remains closed while investigations take place throughout today.#PleaseRT #RT #RoadClosure pic.twitter.com/yHueeRTsx0
— SC Andy Hobson (@WYP_SCHobson) November 26, 2017
West Yorkshire Police were called to the scene yesterday evening and said in a statement: “At 21:54hrs on Saturday, 25 November police were called to a road traffic collision on Stonegate Road, Leeds where a stolen Renault Clio had collided with a tree.
“5 males aged 12yrs, 15yrs, 15yrs, 24yrs and 28yrs have sadly passed away as a result of the RTC and two 15-year-old males are in police custody.
“Family of all the deceased have been informed.