STUDENTS stood shoulder to shoulder with Beverley O’Toole on the second anniversary of her son’s tragic death.
Huddersfield New College fell silent to remember former student Adam O’Toole, who died in a hit-and-run incident outside the college in 2007.
The college then held a round-robin sports competition in his honour, with the winners receiving the Adam O’Toole Memorial Trophy.
Assistant principal Helen Smithson said: “It was a day to keep Adam’s memory alive within the college and to extend an appeal to the general public for anyone with new information to come forward and pass it on to the police.
“The students on the BTEC course which Adam was on talk about him and the incident a lot.
“His contribution to sport in the college is well known because he was such a brilliant student with such a bright future within sport.
“We want to pass that on as a good example to the others.”
Adam, who was 18 and lived with his mum at Woodhead Road, Holmbridge, died after he was hit by a blue Rover 200 car as he walked across the pedestrian crossing on New Hey Road, Salendine Nook, at about 10.30am.
The driver has never been traced.
Adam was studying for a BTEC national diploma in sport at the college and intended to go to university to continue studying sport.
He was a highly-regarded Huddersfield Rugby Union Club junior winger and academy player who had trials for Yorkshire.
Sports teacher Jamie Marsden said the college had a responsibility to remember him.
He said: “It would be unrealistic to sit around and talk about Adam all the time, but come this time of year we are very mindful that we have a duty to keep his memory going.
“It’s only one thing a year but at least it sends out a signal that the college is thinking about him.
“The kids here won’t have known him but they may remember the incident. We want the family to know he is still very highly thought of.
Police say they are still intent on finding Adam’s killer. He was white, in his 20s, with a thin face, prominent nose and long dark brown unkempt hair. He was seen driving along the A640 towards Denshaw.
Det Sgt Nigel Gittins, who is leading the investigation, said: “Since the beginning of this investigation we have spoken to a number of witnesses.
“I am now calling on anyone else who has information which could assist our officers to come forward.
“We will not give up until we locate the person who has left Adam by the roadside to die and his family devastated by the loss.”
Anyone with information should call 0845 6060606 or Crime-stoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.