A TALENTED 12-year-old schoolboy died after he was involved in a collision with a van while riding his bike near a busy petrol station.
Christleton High School pupil Joshua Kyle Easton, of Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, became the twelfth person killed on Cheshire’s roads in just two weeks when he died at about 5.40pm on Friday, October 31 near the junction of Green Lane and Tarvin Road.
A statement from the Easton family said: “He was a special young man who could light up a room with his cheeky grin and sense of humour. Josh will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
“He loved spending time with his family, his mum Joanne, his dad Steven and his brother Ashley. He was a keen football player and represented both his school and Everton youth academy. He also enjoyed motorcross and mountain biking. He loved music and was learning to play guitar and drums.”
Bouquets of flowers and tributes from school friends, team mates and family for the ex-Cherry Grove Primary School pupil have been laid near the scene of the tragedy.
Josh’s former headteacher Chris Marron of Cherry Grove said: “He was an integral part of our school community. He had such a winning smile and kind nature, and he was popular with all ages for his helpful attitude.
“He was an essential member of our trophy winning football team and excelled in all school activities.
“He seemed to have loved his time at Cherry Grove and had visited us recently. Only a week or so ago, I heard him call my name as he waved to say hello. We are all devastated by this tragic loss, and our thoughts are with his parents and loved ones.”
Tony Lamberton, headteacher at Christleton High, which Josh joined in September, said: “Everyone at the school has been shocked and saddenedŠby Josh’s tragic death. I would like to extend ourŠdeepestŠsympathies to his family and friends.
“He was a charismatic, hardworkingŠyoung manŠwho had a zest for life and a willingness to learn and contribute. He was invariably cheerful, an asset to the school and will be deeply missed.”
Anyone with information on the accident should contact Sergeant Dave Harrison on 01244 614270.