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Mum pays tribute to 'kind and considerate' son who died in Rotherham collision

The mum of a teenager who died after a collision in Rotherham has paid tribute to her 'kind and considerate' son.

Ryan Durkin died following a collision in Rotherham on 19 April Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Ryan Durkin, who was 15, passed away in hospital on 27 April following the collision on 19 April.

Ryan was the quietest member of our family.

He would lie on the settee with his headphones in listening to his music, but he was taking everything in around him - he didn’t miss a trick.

When his brothers argued, which happens quite often, he would just watch.

He never said a word, but then a smile would appear. I think he actually enjoyed watching them argue.

Ryan liked playing on his Xbox especially Fifa. He loved football, whether watching it on TV or going to the match. He had a season ticket for Sheffield United and played for Phoenix u15s.

But the thing he loved most was being with his girlfriend Ellie and his friends. He had an absolutely amazing group of friends - too many to name. I look at the last text messages he sent me and smile. They are all about money, alcohol and the time he has to come in.

Ryan has three older brothers so he was the baby in our family and usually got what he wanted. Our house seems empty now, too quiet.

Our family is broken and always will be. There is a piece missing. We will never totally mend.

I will always remember Ryan for his lovely smile and the kind and considerate young man he had become.

Ryan will always be the most beautiful flower in the garden.

– Diane Durkin, Ryan's mum

South Yorkshire Police is asking anyone who saw the collision to come forward.