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Gentle, loving Luke was ‘a bright light in dark times’

Tributes have been paid to a Cockermouth 19-year-old killed in a car crash at Mealsgate on the A595 on Tuesday.

Luke Heywood photo
Luke Heywood

The family of Luke Heywood said he was “a bright light in dark times.”

He was driving a black Peugeot 206 towards Carlisle when, at about 4.25pm, it was in collision with a Ford Transit van driven by a 52-year-old Workington man and a VW Touran, driven by a Whitehaven man.

Luke died at the scene of the accident, which happened on a straight stretch near to West Lodge and the entrance to Whitehall.

Police confirmed that the driver of the van and a couple and a small child who were in the VW were not seriously injured.

Luke’s parents and two sisters, Anna, 15, and Sarah, 11, said that he was a wonderful son and brother and that they were lost without him.

In a statement released yesterday, they said: “We love him with all our hearts and we always will.

“He was always here to help us, a bright light in dark times. He never let us down. He was always here to protect his sisters.

“Luke was gentle, sensitive and loving.

“He will always be a huge part of our lives and take up a huge part of our hearts. We are lost without him, his smile, his love, his generosity and his deep blue eyes.”

Luke was a former pupil of Cockermouth School, and headteacher Geoff Walker said: “We were so very sorry to hear about this tragic accident. Our sympathies are with Luke’s family.”

Luke worked at the Scafell Hotel in Borrowdale and was a member of the Cockermouth-based Combat Jujitsu Academy.

Tributes have poured in for him on the Times & Star’s website.

Chantelle posted: “RIP Luke. Gone but never forgotten. You will be missed by everyone. Such a nice lad to know. God seems to take the best ones.”

Julie Cass posted: “Luke you will be missed so much by family and friends. My heart is in deep pain for your family, thinking of you all. So very sad.”

Daniel Rumsey posted: “Will be missed greatly by me and everyone that got the chance to meet him and know him. He was a great person to be around and always brightened everyone's day. My thoughts go out to his family. May he rest in peace.”

Hayley Cherry posted: “Always a happy soul and there to brighten up anyone’s day! Missing you already.”

On his page on social networking website Facebook, Graham Hemingway said: “RIP mate, there were far too many funny times to even begin to mention with you. You were an absolutely quality lad, and you definitely made a lot of people laugh while you were here.”

Matthew Moore said: “Rest in peace Luke, you are a living legend. You will never be forgotten at all.”

Police have appealed for witnesses who can help their investigation to call them on 101.

The Pride of Cumbria air ambulance attended the crash.

Have your say

RIP luke. he was a good man. I cried when I saw this article.

Posted by hi on 2 March 2012 at 11:36

All our hearts and prayers go to all the family and friends of Luke. He was a lovely lad from a lovely family. The Ofoluwa's

Posted by Michael Ofoluwa on 2 March 2012 at 08:24

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