Tributes to ‘golden boy’ teen who died after car crashed into wall during police chase

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Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy killed after a car he was driving hit a wall during a police chase.

Kyle Brotherton was driving a Toyota when the crash occurred in Stockport, Manchester just before 4am on Friday.

Cheshire Police officers were following the vehicle before the collision, the Manchester Evening News reports, which saw Kyle and a male passenger suffering serious injuries.

At least 100 mourners gathered at a local hall on Monday to pay tribute but the police were called out due to the potential breach of coronavirus regulations.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed it was investigating to see if any potential public order or lockdown breaches took place.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now investigating the crash itself as the police were involved.

The 16-year-old Kyle’s aunt Jade Ratcliffe and uncle Anthony Brotherton paid tribute to their loved one.

“We absolutely adored him,” they said. “He was a beautiful young boy. This has left a massive hole in our family.

“He has four cousins who are heartbroken. He will be loved and missed every second of every day.

“Life will never, ever be the same. He had the most cheeky smile and a contagious laugh. To us, he was perfect.”

More tributes followed from friends and family on Facebook, with floral tributes and balloons left at the scene of the crash.

Friend Ryce Mendoza wrote online: “I love you so much Kyle and I’m gonna miss you so much.

“Your love will carry on through all of us and will never be forgotten. There’s not a day that goes by I won’t think about you and how much you meant to me.

“You was a star and always will be. Rest in peace to the golden boy of Stockport.”

“Kyle was a bright star with a beautiful spirit,” another added.

The IOPC confirmed an investigation into the incident is underway.

“We have begun an investigation after a 16-year-old boy died in a collision following a pursuit involving Cheshire Police on Friday 13 November”, a spokesperson said.

“We understand that at around 4am a Toyota car lost control and hit a wall in Hall Moss Lane, Bramhall, Stockport.

“The driver died in hospital on Saturday and a passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“After we were notified by police, we sent investigators to the scene of the collision and to the police post incident procedure to begin gathering information.

“Our thoughts are with the boy’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

In a statement issued on Friday, a spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: “At around 3.40am on Friday 13 November a white Toyota Yaris came to the attention of officers in the Handforth area.

“A short pursuit was carried out and the vehicle was subsequently involved in a collision with a wall on Hall Moss Lane, in Bramhall, Stockport.

“The two occupants of the vehicle, both male, sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital.

“In line with normal procedures the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been notified of the incident and they have now begun an independent investigation.”