TRIB­UTES PAID TO TEENAGE HIT-AND-RUN VIC­TIM

Trib­utes pour in from fam­ily and friends for 15-year-old af­ter Wishaw in­ci­dent

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY JACK AITCHISON

HEART­BRO­KEN friends have paid trib­ute to a ‘one in a mil­lion’ school­boy killed af­ter be­ing struck by a car on New Year’s Day.

We told yes­ter­day how 15-yearold Steven Mcilquham, known to his friends as Stevo, was struck by a sil­ver/grey Volk­swa­gen car while cross­ing Alexan­der Street in Wishaw at around 9.30pm.

The driver ini­tially failed to stop af­ter the crash.

De­spite the work of emer­gency ser­vices, Steven was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Now, his dev­as­tated friends have ex­pressed an out­pour­ing of grief af­ter his death.

Chelsea Pol­lock wrote on Face­book: “Only the sec­ond of Jan­uary and we’ve al­ready been hit with dev­as­tat­ing news.

“Can­not be­lieve am writ­ing this but rest easy Stevo.

“You were one in a mil­lion and you’ll be missed so much by ev­ery­one.

“Have a ball up there, love you bro.”

Beth Bal­lan­tyne wrote on Face­book: “My heart is in tiny lit­tle pieces.

“Stevo made my days at school and out­side school bet­ter 100%.

“Our lit­tle run-ins go­ing from class to class you al­ways made sure I knew u were there (and the rest of the hall).

“Go­ing to miss you so so much. You were one of my best friends, you were so happy all the time and bub­bly.

“If any­one was feel­ing down you knew how to make us all feel bet­ter, just be­ing in the same room as u made ev­ery­one happy.

“Go­ing to miss see­ing you out the back. love you so much Stevo.”

Jane Tor­rance wrote: “This is so sad god bless him and fam­ily think­ing off his fam­ily at this sad time.”

Donna Pa­trick added: “Poor wee soul, my heart goes out to his fam­ily just now, rip wee guy.”

Ro­many McEwan wrote: “Heart­break­ing! Thoughts are with Stevens Fam­ily & Friends, RIP Steven.”

And Dar­ren Mcconville sim­ply said: “Rip stevo bro.”

Yes­ter­day po­lice con­tin­ued to carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the road.

A 20-year-old was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with road traf­fic con­nec­tions and was re­leased pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

A re­port will be sent to the Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal.

In­spec­tor Scott Suther­land, of Mother­well’s Road Polic­ing Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with Steven’s fam­ily and friends at this very sad time.

“Our in­quiries are on­go­ing to es­tab­lish the full cir­cum­stances of the crash.

“I would ask that any­one who wit­nessed the crash or may have any rel­e­vant dash-cam footage to con­tact the po­lice as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice via 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 4880 of 1/1/20.

Steven ‘Stevo’ Mcilquham died on New Year’s Day af­ter be­ing struck as he crossed Alexan­der Street in Wishaw, above

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