TRIBUTES have been paid to a student who lost his fight for life after a road accident.
Teenager Tom Brown died in hospital following the incident in which he collided with a red Lexus car in Wolviston Road, Billingham.
Today his devastated family paid tribute to the much-loved 16-year-old describing him as a “fun-loving” and “compassionate” young man who had his whole life ahead of him, and with ambitions to study engineering.
In a statement released by Cleveland Police, they said: “Tom was a fun loving, compassionate and understanding young man who loved great debates about life.
“He had a place at Middlesbrough College to study engineering.
“Tom was the type of person who people would go to for advice and he was always keen to help people.
“He was precocious, tenacious, courageous and a beautiful brother and son.”
And Joe White, headteacher at St Michaels RC School, in Billingham, where Tom was a pupil, also paid respects to him, saying: “Tom was a happy, popular young person who was well-liked by all who met him.
“He had friends right across the school and our whole school community, staff and students alike, are devastated by the tragic loss of such a young life.
“Our prayers, thoughts and sympathy go out to Tom’s parents and family.”
He added: “When the students come back after the Easter holidays we will be working hard to support any children who have been affected during this upsetting and difficult time.”
Tom, who leaves behind his parents and brothers, Andy and James, was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, after the accident at 10.45pm on Bank Holiday Monday.
He sadly died the following day.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident and have asked anyone with any information to contact PC Darren Cawthorne, on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 054379.