Scottish Daily Mail

Two teenagers killed in dirt bike horror

- By David Meikle

TWO teenagers were killed after their motorbike collided with a van in a horror crash.

Derek Paton, 19, and Leon Fitzpatric­k, 18, were fatally injured after the dirt bike crashed in Wishaw, Lanarkshir­e.

Mr Paton, who had been driving the bike, was taken to nearby Wishaw General Hospital but died there.

Mr Fitzpatric­k, who had been riding as a pillion passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 34-year-old man who was driving a white Volkswagen Crafter van suffered minor injuries.

The badly damaged motorbike was seen lying on the road in the aftermath of the crash, which happened around 4.30pm on Thursday.

The road was closed until 11pm to allow for a full investigat­ion to take place before being reopened to traffic.

Floral tributes were left at the scene of the crash for the teenagers, who were both from Wishaw.

Shocked locals spoke of their sadness over the accident. One

‘The families have been devastated’

said: ‘It was horrific and my heart goes out to their families.

‘There were police and ambulances everywhere but sadly they couldn’t save them – it’s just an absolute tragedy.

‘I’ve seen kids using bikes round here before but you never think this could happen.’

Another added: ‘I just feel so sad. Two families have been left devastated. I feel so upset for them and hope they can get through this.

‘It is a busy road but you knew last night when all the ambulances were here that something very bad had happened.’ Police have opened an investigat­ion into the crash and have appealed for witnesses.

Friends and family paid heartfelt tributes on social media.

Mr Paton’s girlfriend, Kayleigh Kelly, said: ‘Last night I lost the most important person in my life, my partner in crime, my best friend, boyfriend and my absolute soul mate.

‘I am completely shattered to pieces, we had it all planned, a full life ahead of us both. Never a dull moment, even when we argued he would make a joke out of it.

‘I don’t even know what people expect me to say, I’m gutted for the full Paton family.

‘We all adored Derek in our own special ways and he knew he had us all wrapped round his fingers, especially his wee mum who he will forever adore.

‘Derek was an amazing boyfriend and best friend.

‘You were my absolute world, Derek Paton, I will love you forever and a day darling.’ In another tribute, Casey Brawley wrote: ‘RIP Leon Fitzpatric­k, love and miss you so much.’

Sergeant Ryan McAuley, of the road policing unit in Motherwell, said: ‘Our inquiries to establish the full circumstan­ces are ongoing and we would urge anyone with informatio­n to come forward.

‘Anyone who may have dashcam or private CCTV footage is asked to check this and pass on anything of note to police.’

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Tragedy: Victims Leon Fitzpatric­k, left, and friend Derek Paton

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