Grace Dyson: Tributes paid to former Holmfirth High and Greenhead College pupil killed in Thongsbridge road tragedy

Eighteen-year-old Grace Dyson was walking along Springwood Road at 6.15pm on Friday when she apparently slipped and fell into the road and into the path of a van

Floral tributes to Grace Dyson (inset)

Poignant tributes have been paid to a popular young woman who died following a freak accident in Thongsbridge.

Eighteen-year-old Grace Dyson was walking along Springwood Road at 6.15pm on Friday when she apparently slipped and fell into the road and into the path of a van.

She died at the scene, which is close to the playing fields of the Holmfirth High School campus.

Her devastated parents, family and her fiance have laid floral tributes to Grace at the scene which has also been filled with candles, teddies and lanterns.

Her parents wrote: “In memory of Grace Dyson, Our darling daughter and cherished big sister. All our love, every last ounce. Rest in peace.”

She was a former Holmfirth High School pupil before studying A-levels in Italian, German, Biology and English Literature at Greenhead College.

Her fiance Jason Booth wrote: “Beautiful Gracey, You have made the proudest and luckiest man to have ever lived... I’ll make sure I complete our dreams for us...”

A friend named only as Rachael left a card which reads: “Grace, I still can’t believe it. You’ve been in my life literally forever. You were so sweet and open to love. One of the kindest people I’ve ever known. You were so lucky to have found the love of your life in Jason. You will be sorely missed. All my love, Rachael.”

Floral tributes to Grace Dyson, 18, who died in a freak accident in Thongsbridge on Friday August 29, 2014
Floral tributes to Grace Dyson, 18, who died in a freak accident in Thongsbridge on Friday August 29, 2014
 

Meanwhile officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collison Team are continuing to investigate the tragedy and are appealing for witnesses.

Teresa Reed, 48, told how she saw the aftermath of the incident and her heart went out to the young woman’s family.

She said: “I was walking the dog with my son and saw the road was closed and it was torrential rain and a poor police woman was standing in the road.

“She said we couldn’t go down so we walked along the bank of the school to get home. We could see the ambulance and first response and the police video van.

“It wasn’t until the following morning when we heard a young girl had died and then I saw her fiance sitting by the tributes. I put some flowers down for her even though I’ve never met her, as a mother your heart goes out to her family.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident which happened at 6.15pm on Friday to call the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101.

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