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Families loving tributes to ‘best of friends’ teenagers killed in horror Denbigh crash


The families of two Ruthin teenagers killed in a horror crash near Denbigh have described the pair as the “best of friends” who were both “loving and caring”.

18-year-old John Michael Jones, 17-year-old Leon Rice, both from Ruthin, and 17-year-old Colin Hornsby from Droylsden in Greater Manchester, were killed in the two-vehicle crash between Denbigh and Trefnant on Friday.

Four other people were hurt – three seriously – in the two-vehicle crash.

The family of John Michael Jones – who was known as Michael – described him as “the most caring person you could ever meet”.

They said: “Michael was the most loving son, big brother to Joanne, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

“We will all miss his big smile and big hugs.



Flowers left at the scene on Ffordd Y Graig, Denbigh

“He loved his rugby, wagons, driving his car and being with his friends.”

They added: “He would do anything for anyone and the most caring person you could meet.

“We will miss him and are devastated and heartbroken. Life will never be the same again.”

The family of Leon Rice said they were “absolutely devastated” by the tragic crash.



John Michael Jones - known as Michael - and Leon Rice, both from Ruthin, were killed in a crash between Denbigh and Trefnant
John Michael Jones – known as Michael – and Leon Rice, both from Ruthin, were killed in a crash between Denbigh and Trefnant

They said: “Leon was a very loving, hardworking, caring son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend.

“We are absolutely devastated by his loss.

“He was well known and liked by many people in the local area and will be greatly missed.

“Leon and Michael were the best of friends and to lose both in such tragic circumstances is truly devastating.”

Both had been pupils at Ysgol Brynhyfryd in Ruthin .



Colin Hornsby, 17, was killed in the crash near Denbigh last night
Colin Hornsby, 17, was killed in the crash near Denbigh last night

North Wales Police said all three families are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.

A 16-year-old boy who was a passenger in the Corsa remains in a critical condition at hospital in Aintree, Liverpool.

The 68-year-old female passenger from the Vauxhall Antara has since been transferred to hospital in Stoke with serious injuries.


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Police did not provide a further update on the 19-year-old man taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with serious injuries or the 68-year-old man who escaped with minor injuries.

Tonight, the North Wales Truck Gathering group are meeting at Ruthin Rugby Club to carry out a ceremonial convoy and lantern parade in their memory.



Crash scene on Lon y Graig Denbigh where three young people died
Crash scene on Lon y Graig Denbigh where three young people died

The family of Colin Hornsby previously issued a statement through North Wales Police , saying: “Colin was loved by all his family and friends. He loved life, music and his designer clothes. He will be missed by all his family and friends and our lives will never be the same again without him.”

Sergeant Leigh Evans of the Roads Policing Unit said a thorough investigation is ongoing, and the force’s thoughts were with all the victims’ families.

Flowers and messages have been left at the scene of the crash by devastated family members and friends.

One note left, addressed to John and Leon, said: “Can’t believe this has happened, I keep hoping I get a message saying you are both okay.



Flowers left at the scene on Ffordd Y Graig, Denbigh

“Missing you already. You are both going to be missed.

“Going to miss all the fun times, all the laughing and the joking around.”

Another message left on flowers at the scene said simply: “To the bestest brother – we love you and will never forget you.”


Source : DailyPost

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