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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Family tributes to Maryport man killed in Crosby Villa crash

A Maryport man was killed on the same day that he and his girlfriend were due to celebrate three years together, his parents revealed.

Todd Ridley, 18, of Nether View, died in a two-car crash on the A596 at Crosby Villa on October 2 at about 5.30am.

His parents, Louise and Gary, spoke for the first time about their son in an emotional interview.

Todd was a passenger in a red Honda Civic driven by Lee Edmondson, 22, of School Close, Maryport, which was in collision with a white Rover 220 driven by Michael Harrison, 47, of Queen’s Park, Aspatria.

Both drivers were also killed.

October 2 marked Todd’s three-year anniversary of his relationship with girlfriend Amy.

His parents said the entire family was heartbroken about their loss.

Mrs Ridley, 44, said: “Todd was a quiet lad and caring. He was a good son and wasn’t one for getting in trouble.

“He was a homebird and a deep thinker. He would hold his emotions but I knew when something was wrong.”

Mr and Mrs Ridley visited the scene of the crash on the day that Todd died and were touched by the amount of floral tributes that had been laid.

Mrs Ridley said: “It was overwhelming. We have had over 300 sympathy cards and we couldn’t move for flowers.

“We are still expecting him to walk through the door.”

Mr Ridley added: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. It seems like a blur.”

Todd went to Maryport Junior School and the town’s Netherhall School and then completed a two-year joinery course at Lakes College in Lillyhall.

On the day of the crash, he was on his way to start a shift at the Cavaghan & Gray factory in Carlisle where he had just started.

His funeral was held last week at Maryport’s All Souls Church and his friends carried his coffin.

His parents said they were overwhelmed with the amount of people who attended the funeral.

They said it showed how well loved he was and always will be.

Mr and Mrs Ridley have another son, Ross, 12.

Mrs Ridley said: “Ross has been absolutely brilliant and strong for us. They did love each other. It was only lately that we had noticed that they were starting to bond more.”

Todd was a keen footballer and a huge supporter of Manchester United. He also loved playing on his computer games console.

His parents have asked that all donations and fund-raising on his behalf should go to the Great North Air Ambulance.

Some of Todd’s friends have been selling wristbands to raise money for the air ambulance.

But his parents said they did not support a campaign to erect a bench in Maryport in his honour.

They thanked people who had already donated, but added that they did not want their son’s name on a bench.

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