Tributes pour in for Gorleston teenager killed in crash

Tributes continued to pour in last night for a 15-year-old boy whose horrific car crash death has left friends and family on a Gorleston estate in mourning.

Ryan Youngman, of Middleton Road, on the edge of Gorleston's Magdalen Estate, was the front-seat passenger in a Ford Fiesta which crashed into a garden wall in Caister, near Great Yarmouth, as the 17-year-old driver was trying to evade the attentions of police early yesterday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission was informed - as is usual for accidents involving a pursuit - and last night was still considering what its role should be in the investigation.

The driver of the Fiesta, reported stolen in Bradwell two days earlier, had to be cut from the wreckage and taken to Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital (JPH) where his condition, initially described as critical, was later said to be stable and improving.

The other passengers, an 18-year-old youth and a 17-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries and were also taken to the JPH for treatment.

By 3pm yesterday, more than 50 tributes from shocked friends and relatives had been placed on Ryan's Facebook page. They included 'Rest in Peace Rybo', 'Can't believe you are gone', 'Rest in peace, big man', 'The Mag is not going to be the same without you', 'Rest in peace Rybo, you will never be forgotten'.

The first flowers at the scene were placed by family friends Leya Hutchinson, 19, of Gonville Road, Gorleston, and Suvanah Blizzard, 21, of the town's Pembroke Avenue.

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Miss Hutchinson described Ryan as 'bubbly, outgoing and funny, someone who will always make you feel happy'.

Miss Blizzard said: 'Everyone will know him on the Mag, he was that much of a character. It is all over Facebook.'

Ryan had been a student at the town's former Oriel High School - now Ormiston Venture Academy - until two years ago.

Ormiston principal Nicole McCartney described it as a tragedy for one so young to lose his life.

She said: 'We have gathered students together and let them know. We have let the older students who knew him know that help and support is available if they need to talk to someone.'

More recently Ryan had been educated through Options East, a scheme run for children in key stage 4 to experience vocational and practical learning.

The crash occurred shortly after the Fiesta had failed to stop for police who were in the area responding to reports of an aggravated burglary in nearby Halt Road.

The vehicle was being followed by police when the accident occurred; the driver and two back-seat passengers were subsequently arrested on suspicion of burglary.

The collision resulted in the closure of High Street, the road re-opening shortly after 8am. Police continued with investigations at the site throughout the day.

The noise of the crash was described as 'like a bomb going off in our back garden' by Pamela Pegge, 70, who lives on the other side of the road to the accident.

'Our bedroom is at the back but the crash still made our radiator shake,' she said.

Mother-of-two Irene Childs, 33, described being woken by a 'huge bang' and looking out of the window to see the back of a car poking through her badly damaged garden wall.

'The police were there immediately but I went out to ask if they needed any help or wanted blankets,' she said.

Four police cars were quickly joined at the scene by two fire engines and two ambulances.