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Tributes paid to crash victim

Tributes have been paid to a 14 year old boy killed with his father in a car crash in Yorkshire on Saturday

Friends of Ethan Sarkar, who had gathered outside his home in Sheldon in Birmingham this morning, told ITV Central News that he was an extremely popular classmate.

Connor Meredith, who used to walk to school with Ethan each morning, said “He was always smiling. If you were down, he would make you smile no matter what. He was always there for you.”

His friend said that with Ethan gone, school would be a “different” place now.

Ethan's friend Connor lays flowers at his home in Sheldon Credit: ITV Central

Ethan Sarkar died with his 46 year old father Derek Sarkar on Easter Saturday. The car they were in collided with another car near Goole in East Yorkshire. Sheila Starvert-Lee who was 70 years old and from Wigginton near York, also died in the crash.

Ethan’s mother and his 9 year old sister are still in a critical condition in hospital in Leeds. It’s understood that that the family were visiting relatives for a birthday celebration.

Tribute left by friends at Ethan's school in Sheldon Credit: ITV Central

At the school Ethan attended, flowers and messages have been left at the gates. The principal of King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy, Mr John Allen, said Ethan was an “adorable pupil who was never, ever in trouble.” He said he was gentle, well-mannered and respected by everyone.

Once pupils return from the school holidays, they will be offered counselling and support. Mr Allen said it will be a difficult time for the school as a community, but that their thoughts are with Ethan’s mother and sister still in hospital.

The full report by Charlotte Grant:

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