Tributes have been paid to a university student who died after being hit by a car in West Yorkshire.

Oliver Pryde was pursuing his lifelong dream of studying maths at Huddersfield University. The tragedy occurred at about 12.20am on Monday on Penistone Road, Kirkburton.

The incident happened just metres from the road up to Storthes Hall student campus, where many students have their first year digs, although it has not been confirmed whether Oliver was a resident there. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The 18-year-old, from Flimby, a coastal village in Cumbria, was described by his former school as 'a superb student' and an 'impeccable young man'.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and a number of other offences believed to be in relation to the collision, said a spokesman for West Yorkshire Police.

“It is with the greatest sadness that Netherhall School writes to inform you of the tragic and unexpected death of former sixth form student Oliver Pryde," said a statement from Netherhall School in Maryport, Cumbria.

“Oliver was pursuing his lifelong dream and career ambition, successfully studying mathematics at Huddersfield University.

“Oliver left Netherhall School last summer; he was a superb student, impeccable young man, a joy to be around, loved and respected by all and a great credit to his family, many friends, teachers and fellow students.

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences to all his family and everyone who knew and loved him. He will be forever in our thoughts.”

Hundreds of people paid their condolences on the school’s Facebook page.

One said: “Such sad news. Oliver was an amazing young man and represented the very best of Netherhall School. Thoughts are with Oliver’s family and his many friends at this sad time.”

Another commented: “He was a lovely lad and I am gutted to hear this devastating news.”

One wellwisher said: “This is so sad to hear, he was such a lovely person with the biggest heart.”

Another commented: “Oliver was an exemplary student, an asset to the year group and a genuine, lovely young man. Thoughts are with Oliver’s family.”

Head teacher David Tromans said: “All these lovely comments are justified, everything they say is correct.

“Our thoughts and condolences go to his family and many friends.”

A Vauxhall Corsa was travelling towards Huddersfield when it collided with Oliver.

He suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Vauxhall failed to stop at the scene and was found a short time later.

The two men remain in custody.