Tributes paid to London Colney schoolboy killed in collision with car

HEARTFELT tributes in memory of a “much-loved” teenage schoolboy have started to pour in after he was involved in a fatal road traffic collision in London Colney on Monday night.

Police believe 13-year-old Daniel Handscombe was struck by two cars near to a pedestrian crossing on Shenley Lane at around 5pm.

The Samuel Ryder Academy student, from London Colney, passed away at the scene despite being treated extensively by paramedics.

Flowers have been laid at the site of the accident and scores of tributes have been posted on several websites.

Taking to a memorial page which has been set up in Daniel’s honour, his aunty Jo Bayley wrote: “To my nephew Daniel. RIP darling boy, grandad Lloyd will look after you now.”

One friend also paid tribute on Twitter commenting: “Daniel Handscombe - Rest In Peace, your death was a great tragedy. My respects to his family and other friends, sorry for your loss.”

At Samuel Ryder Academy (formerly Francis Bacon School) students are being invited to write down their memories of the Year 9 pupil in a special remembrance book.

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Headteacher Matt Gauthier said: “We are all extremely upset and shocked by what has happened.

“Daniel was a wonderful and much-loved student who was very proud of the school and keen to be actively involved in school life.

He went on to describe him as “conscientious, responsible and hard-working” and said he was a very good artist.

Mr Gauthier added: “We are all going to miss him very much. Everyone’s thoughts are with his family.”

Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The drivers of the two cars involved - a grey Vauxhall Corsa and a red Fiat 500 - were not injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101.