Two teens killed in motorbike crash as tributes pour in for ‘precious angels’

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Two teenagers have died after a horror motorcycle and van crash.

Derek Paton, 19, and Leon Fitzpatrick, 18, died following a collision in Wishaw, Scotland, involving a motorcycle and a white Volkswagen Crafter van.

Bike rider Derek was discovered dead at the scene while Leon was rushed to Wishaw General Hospital where he sadly died from his injuries.

The 34-year-old driver of the Volkswagen Crafter van suffered minor injuries.

Police and paramedics were called to Ryde Road near its junction with Waverley Drive at around 4.30pm yesterday.

Officers have now launched an investigation into the crash and are appealing for dashcam footage.

The busy street was lockdown by officers till around 11pm while diversions were put in place for passing motorists.

Heartbroken relatives and friends of young Derek have paid tribute to him.

Cousin Stacey Paton wrote on Facebook: “I’m heartbroken to be writing this. My baby cousin Derek is now a precious angel. I have no words, my heart is absolutely shattered.

“I’m in bits, fly high son you’ll be sadly missed.”

One friend wrote: “Thinking of Paitin Paton and the family. Absolutely devastated for them over the loss of wee Derek. Far too young to have been taken from this world.

“Rest easy wee man. Craigneuk won’t be the same without you.”

Derek’s girlfriend wrote: “Last night I lost the most important person in my life , my partner in crime, my best friend, boyfriend and my absolute soul mate.

“I am completely shattered to pieces, we had it all planned full life ahead of us both.

“Never a dull moment even when we argued he would make a joke out it (getting me more angry ). I don’t even know what people expect me to say I’m gutted for the full Paton family!

“We all adored Derek in our own special ways and he knew he had us all wrapped round his fingers , especially his wee mum who he will forever adore.”

Another pal added: “RIP Derek Paton. A honestly can’t believe it another young person took far too soon. Such a heartbreaking time for so many people right now.

“Can’t imagine what the family are going through right now. Thoughts are with the family at this devastating time.”

One pal said: “A can’t believe it. Fly high ma wee pal Derek Paton. Thoughts are with yours all at this sad time.”

Sharing a picture of Derek and his late cousin Dylan together, another relative said: “Two angels together.”

Tributes to Leon were also shared extensively.

Leon’s Aunt Carole Fitzpatrick-Flemming wrote online: “My nephew died and so did his friend. I’m heartbroken.”

One friend wrote: “RIP Leon, love and miss you so much.”

Sergeant Ryan McAuley of the Road Policing Unit in Motherwell said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this crash.

“Our enquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing and we would urge anyone with information to come forward.

“Anyone who may have dashcam or private CCTV footage is asked to check this and pass on anything of note to police.