TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenage crash victim who has been named locally as Stephen Tordoff.

Police were called to a collision on Wakefield Road, near its junction with Neville Road and New Hey Road, at about 10:54pm yesterday.

Mr Tordoff was the passenger of a Renault Megane involved in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Hundreds of tributes have been paid to the 18-year-old on social media and at the scene.

Earlier today and into this afternoon, a crowd gathered, just up from New Hey Methodist Church on Wakefield Road, to pay their respects and leave flowers.

A relative of Mr Tordoff at the scene said: "We were pretty close.

"It's a complete shock and it's just sad.

"He had his whole life ahead of him.


"Stephen was well respected and made everyone laugh. There was never a dull moment."

In tribute he added: "To my angel of a cousin, fly high.

"You will be missed by all the family deeply. 'Til we meet again brother."

There were also blue balloons tied to a fence, as well as an ornament spelling out the word "family" and three candles that read "Ste". 

One friend described Mr Tordoff as a "funny" character.

He added: "He was a good laugh. Everyone liked him and he had a heart of gold."

People came and went throughout the afternoon to support each other and pay their respects.

There was also mention of friends coming down later on to celebrate Mr Tordoff's life with some drinks.

A female friend said: "He was some guy, I tell you he really was some guy."

Some of the bouquets of flowers had messages attached to them.

One said: "To little Ste, our hearts are truly broken. Can't believe you're gone.

"Love and miss you forever. R.I.P. Lots of love, Auntie Margaret and Uncle David". 

Another, which was accompanied by a blue butterfly, said: "Rest in paradise Stizzy T. We will love and miss you.

"Forever young our brother. All our love."

Three cars in total were involved in the crash.

The Renault Megane was driving down Wakefield Road, towards the city centre, when it was in collision with a Volkswagen Transporter van.

The Transporter then struck a Ford Transit.

Two males, both aged 17, and a third, aged 16, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, according to a police spokesperson.

The spokesperson added: "Enquiries into the collision are continuing and anyone who witnessed it, or who may have dash cam footage which may assist the investigation is asked to contact police."

Information can be reported by calling 101 or online via the West Yorkshire Police website.

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