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'Beautiful angels who were taken too soon': The victims of the West Yorkshire quad bike-car crash

The victims of the West Yorkshire quad bike crash. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Four young people have died after the quad bike they were travelling on crashed into a sports car in West Yorkshire.

Here's what we know so far about the tragedy and the four friends who died.

What happened?

The crashed Nissan 350Z sports car. Credit: Ben Lack
  • The unlicensed quad bike was involved in crash with a bronze Nissan 350Z sports car on in the early hours of Sunday
  • The collision happened on the A6201 between Upton and Hemsworth in West Yorkshire at around 12.34am
  • Three of the victims died at the scene while one of the men died in hospital from his injuries

What's the latest with the police investigation?

The scene on the A6201. Credit: Good Morning Britain
  • Two men, aged aged 21 and 22, who were in the car, have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving
  • They remain in custody
  • Police say "painstaking investigative work" into the tragic accident is underway and have appealed for witnesses to come forward

We continue to appeal for witnesses to the collision and would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen a unregistered quad bike driven on the roads around the Hemsworth area in the evening of September 26 and up to 12.30am on September 27.

Similarly I would appeal for any witnesses who saw a bronze-coloured Nissan 350Z driven in the Hemsworth area on the evening of September 26and up to 12.30am on the September 27 to come forwards.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the major collision and inquiry team on 101.

– Detective Chief Inspector Richard Holmes

Who were the victims?

The victims have been named locally as Ryan Beal, Brandon Brown, Alexandra Binns and Terrie Kirby, also known as Terrie Lynch.

They had reportedly been celebrating Terrie's 16th birthday.

Friends and relatives have spoken of their heartbreak on social media.

Ryan Beal, 20

Ryan Beal was driving the quad bike at the time of the crash. Credit: SWNS

Mr Beal was driving the quad bike at the time of the tragedy.

The father-of-one - who reportedly worked as a window fitter - was just days away from celebrating his 21st birthday.

Speaking from Upton Rugby Club, where Mr Beal used to play, his brother Steve, 26, said:

He was a caring dad. He had played rugby for around 10 years from the age of seven, only stopping when his daughter Ruby was born.

He was into all sorts from fishing, to going out with the dog, but his baby, Ruby, was his pride and joy he loved her to bits.

He also was into his quad biking and used to take his quad bike out quite a lot off road but I don’t know what he was doing with it out on the road.

He would have been 21 on Tuesday. All the rugby lads had planned on taking him out next Saturday.

– Steve Beal

Brandon Brown, 20

Brandon Brown (pictured) had been best friends with Ryan Beal. Credit: SWNS

Brandon died of head injuries at Leeds General Infirmary hours after the crash.

He had been best friends with the driver of the bike, Ryan Beal.

"They had known each other since they were at school and were really good mates,” Ryan's brother Steve is quoted as saying.

Alexandra Binns, 18

Alexandra Binns has been named locally as one of the victims of the crash. Credit: Facebook

Tributes poured in after Alexandra Binns was named as one of the victims of the crash.

Heartbroken isn't the word, can't believe it, someone I spent so much of my childhood with is gone, just like that, rest in peace, heaven has gained a very special angel today and you will never ever be forgotten Alexandra Binns.

– Lilliarna Smith

My best friend, my rock, my sister.

I love you Alexandra Binns, until we meet again.

Words can't describe the pain I'm feeling, heartbroken doesn't come close.

– Bronte Pretty

Terrie Kirby, also known as Terrie Lynch, 16

Terrie Lynch. Credit: Facebook

Terrie Lynch was reported to have been celebrating her birthday just hours before the accident.

She was described as a "beautiful young lass" in emotional tributes from friends and relatives.

I don't actually know what to do with myself. Absolutely wounded, my heart's actually melting. Why does it have to the best ones?

My best friend out of it all.

And on her 16th birthday. You're my angel.

My beautiful Alexandra, Beal, Bran and Drea will show you how to have a good time.

– Ashleigh Lynch

Can't believe it, doesn't seem true.

Going to miss you Ryan Beal, Terrie Lynch.

Fly high, don't party too hard up there, beautiful angels.

Love you Alexandra Binns, Brandon Brown, all too young, taken too soon.

– Jeorgia Lynch

R.i.p Terrie Lynch and Alexandra Binns

Happy birthday Terrie, party hard up there beautiful.

U will be sadly missed.

Sleep tight princesses.

Fly high.

– Emily Lynch

Rest in peace to my cousin Terrie Lynch gone way too soon! I'm absolutely speechless.

– Daniel Kirby

Gunna miss this beautiful face. Love you so much Terrie. Fly high my darling, good night and god bless, sleep tight my little beauty. Until we meet again.

– Daniel Haywood

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