London Colney family’s grief at son’s death

THE family of a teenage boy who was killed after being hit by two cars last week has spoken of how his tragic death has left a “massive hole” in their lives.

Daniel Handscombe, of Norris Close, London Colney, passed away at around 5pm last Monday when he was involved in a collision with a Fiat 500 and a Vauxhall Corsa at a pedestrian crossing on Shenley Lane.

The 13 year old, who was a Year 9 pupil at Samuel Ryder Academy, leaves behind his mother Sam Day, father Colin Handscombe and his family and many friends.

Paying tribute to her son his mother said: “Daniel was born in Hemel Hempstead in May 1999 and he was a beautiful baby. We were always getting stopped in the street with people admiring him. He really was a joy to bring up.”

She went on: “He was also a much loved brother. He would influence his younger siblings and hold them to account if they misbehaved.”

Daniel’s family said he loved listening to music, such as Nickelback and Black Veil Brides, and enjoyed playing computer games.

His loved ones also said staff at Samuel Ryder Academy (formerly Francis Bacon School) had really helped him and he was very happy there.

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Ms Day added: “He was a very laid back character, he hated arguments and was so sensitive and cared so much for other people’s feelings. He loved his mum, his home and having food and treats. He also enjoyed playing on his Xbox.

“We are all trying to come to terms with what has happened. This has left a massive hole in our lives, Daniel is irreplaceable. We will love him and miss him forever.”

Daniel’s funeral is due to take place at 10.40am tomorrow at Garston Crematorium.