Cumbria school’s heartbreak after student killed in car collision

Heartfelt tributes have been paid by a Cumbria school to a former student who was killed in a car collision.

Oliver Pryde was described as a ‘superb student’, an ‘impeccable young man’ and a ‘joy to be around’ by Netherhall School in Maryport.

The 18-year-old had been pursuing his dream by studying maths at the University of Huddersfield.

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He was tragically killed in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa while crossing Penistone Road, Kirkburton, in the early hours of Monday morning (July 12), YorkshireLive reports.

In a statement, his former school in Cumbria said: “It is with the greatest sadness that Netherhall School writes to inform you of the tragic and unexpected death of former sixth form student Oliver Pryde.

“Oliver was pursuing his lifelong dream and career ambition, successfully studying mathematics at Huddersfield University.

“Oliver left Netherhall School last summer; he was a superb student, impeccable young man, a joy to be around, loved and respected by all and a great credit to his family, many friends, teachers and fellow students.

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences to all his family and everyone who knew and loved him. He will be forever in our thoughts.”

The statement was posted on behalf of all the governors, students and staff of Netherhall School.

Police on the scene in Penistone Road
Police on the scene in Penistone Road

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision that claimed Oliver’s life.

It happened at around 12.20am on Monday, July 12, when a Vauxhall Corsa travelling towards Huddersfield collided with Oliver, who was crossing the road.

Oliver died at the scene.

The Vauxhall failed to stop at the scene and was found a short time later.

Two men in their thirties were subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and a number of other offences believed to be in relation to the collision.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision itself or anyone that may have relevant dash cam footage to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101 quoting log 0075 of 12/7.

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