A POPULAR young man of 20 was named last night as the victim of an M62 tragedy.
Declan Butters was tragically killed on the motorway after being hit by a lorry.
Mr Butters, from Mirfield, died after being struck by an HGV at 7.20am on Tuesday morning.
The former Castle Hall School pupil had left his white Renault Clio car stationary on the eastbound hard shoulder between junction 29 and 30 near Rothwell.
Mr Butters, who lived in Brown Street, was hit by a blue Mercedes HGV.
He was rushed to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield but died from his injuries.
Last night Mr Butters was described as a “real gem” by his former junior football coach from Battyeford Sporting Club.
Derek Highe, from Mirfield, said: “You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer person who would do anything you asked of him.
“Declan was always there for training and he took on board everything you said.
“He was just a real gem – if you had had eleven Declan’s in that team it would have been such a great team.
“Everybody who knew him from the club is thinking of him and his family.”
Andy Pugh, headteacher of Castle Hall School, also paid tribute to the former pupil.
He said: “Declan was popular and well-respected by both students and staff.
“He took part in various sporting activities representing his house and the school and played in the rugby, football and cricket teams.
“Declan was a very able student academically and left Castle Hall School in 2007 with good GCSE grades and the potential to do very well.
“It is a very sad day for everyone at Castle Hall and we extend our sympathy to Declan’s family and friends.”
Witnesses to the incident are asked to contact the Motorway Unit on 01924 292915.