First images of four young men aged 18, 18, 19 and 21 killed in Leeds crash with Uber taxi as friends pay tribute

First images of four young men aged 18, 18, 19 and 21 killed in Leeds crash with Uber taxi as friends pay tribute

THESE are the faces of the four young men killed in a horror collision with an Uber taxi in Leeds this morning.

Brandon Frew, 18; Matty Walshaw, 18; Declan Grove, 19 and 21-year-old Caelan Megson died at the scene of the crash on Broadway, the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road, near to the junction with Bank Gardens in Horsforth at around 2.40am.

Two girls aged 16 and 17 were also injured - one critically - when the group's silver Seat Leon car collided "at speed" with a grey Seat Alhambra people carrier, which was operating as an Uber cab.

The driver of the Uber, a 42-year-old man from Bradford, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

'In our hearts forever'

Dozens of mourners arrived at the site of the crash throughout this afternoon after West Yorkshire Police reopened the road to traffic.

Tearful friends and relatives of the deceased wept as they laid flowers against a lamppost near to where the tragedy occurred.

A heartbreaking tribute from one of the dead's mother read: "To my beautiful son. You were so loved and adored. Rest in peace. Always in my heart and mind forever. I love you so much, Mum."

Another note read: "You’re always in our hearts forever, words cannot describe the love I have for you little bro, keep smiling up there kid. RIP Love you always."

In a statement, Sergeant Fiona Hoodless of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team said: "This is a very tragic incident where four young men have lost their lives and three other people are in hospital with serious injuries.

"The families of those involved are devastated by what has happened and we are doing everything we can to support them at this very difficult time.

"We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and that investigation is still at a very early stage.

"Early indications are that the Leon was travelling at speed at the time of the collision.

"We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision itself or saw the circumstances leading up to it".

She added: "We are also keen to speak to anyone who saw the silver Seat Leon being driven in the area at any point prior to the collision, particularly anyone with dashcam footage that could assist the investigation."

Chief Inspector Richard Padwell, of Leeds District Police, said: "The deaths of four young people in these circumstances is clearly very tragic and our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone affected by it.

"We don't underestimate the impact that the deaths of these young people will be having in the community and we would ask that people focus on supporting each other and supporting the police investigation."