Families pay tribute to teens who died in crash

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Aaron Bell (18), Tommy Shevels (18) and Louis Banks (17) died at the scene of the accident

The heartbroken families of three teenage friends who died in a fatal road accident have paid tribute to their “beautiful” and “amazing” sons.

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Aaron Bell of Jervaulx, 18, Tommy Shevels, 18, and Louis Banks, 17, died after the horror crash on July 29 at 11pm.

The friends had been traveling in a gray Alfa Romeo 147 along the B6268 near Thornton Watlass, Bedale, North Yorkshire.

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Emergency services attended, but passengers Aaron, Tommy and Louis were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police confirmed the 18-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken to a hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition.

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Aaron bell.

“He was the reason we all smiled a little wider”

Aaron’s family said the avid sportsman and farmer was a “truly amazing young man,” adding that the pain of their loss was “excruciating.”

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They said: “Aaron is a much loved son, big brother, grandson, nephew and a friend to so many.

“Our beautiful son was taken from us in a car accident. We are truly heartbroken and the pain is unbearable. Aaron is a truly amazing young man, the best son we could wish for.

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“He was the reason we all smiled a little wider and laughed a little louder, he had such a cheeky smile and an infectious laugh.

“Aaron had three great loves in life, rugby, cricket and sheep show.

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They also said players from Aaron’s local sports team paid tribute to the ambitious youngster and enthusiastic farmer, who loved showing sheep.

They said: “His brothers Bishop Burton and Wensleydale Rugby said: ‘Keep scoring tries for us up there bro and we’ll put the hard yards down for you down here. You will be greatly missed. Never above you, never below you, always beside you.

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“And North Stanley Cricket Club, for whom Aaron has played since he was four, said of Aaron: ‘His cheeky smile, tenacity, passion, camaraderie and competitiveness have made him a fun-loving sportsman on both the cricket and rugby pitches did. The ultimate definition of a team player’.

“His competitiveness carried over into his love of showing off his Texel sheep or his uncle’s Swaledale sheep. We love you so much, fly high bro and shine bright.”

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Tommy Shevels.

“He was a good friend to many”

Tommy’s family paid tribute to their “wonderful son” and said he will be missed by all who knew him.

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They said: “Tommy was a wonderful son, big brother, grandson, nephew and cousin. He was a good friend to many and always had a smile on his face.

“We would like to thank all the emergency services involved. Our family is truly grateful for all of the warming and supportive messages at this devastating time.

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“Tommy will be missed by all who knew him.”

Louis Banks.

“There are not enough words to describe what you mean to us”

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Louis’ family said he had a passion for farming, adding there were “not enough words” to describe how much the young man meant to them.

They said, “Our boy Lou Lou.” Where do we start?

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“Louis was beautiful inside and out. He was warm and friendly and always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes.

“Louis made friends everywhere, at school, playing rugby and through farming, and once he made a friend he kept them.

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“His amazing sense of humor was contagious and you only had to look at his cheeky smiling face and you would soon be laughing with him.

“His passion was farming. That was all he ever wanted to do. Tractor driving, quad biking, lambing, shearing, pigs, goats, cattle, whatever, the main thing is farming.

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“Louis did everything he was asked to do and his dream was to take over the farm. He was already explaining to his father how to run it.

“Louis, our beautiful son and loving brother to Harry and Gracie. There aren’t enough words to describe what you mean to us. Drive up the tractor and blow the horns!”

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Sergeant Adam Elliott of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Investigation Team and Road Safety Team said the investigation into the deaths was ongoing.

He said: “This was a tragic incident that claimed the lives of three young men and our thoughts are with their family, friends and the wider community at this incredibly sad time.

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“Our investigation continues as we work to determine the circumstances that led to the collision.”

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