TRIBUTES have poured in for a Dewsbury teenager who died in a car crash on the island of Crete.
Luke Hall, an apprentice builder from Dewsbury Moor, was a passenger in a soft-top 4x4 when it crashed into a wall and careered into a field following a night out in the resort of Malia in the early hours of Monday morning.
The 18-year-old died instantly alongside driver Zara Crane Davies, 41, while a third passenger is now fighting for her life.
Greek police said Ms Davies, from Manchester, hit a kerb on a seaside road and the jeep overturned, crashed into a wall and ended up in a field.
Ms Davies’s friend, 39-year-old Louise Waddington, has suffered life-threatening brain injuries but another 18-year-old passenger – according to local reports the only one wearing a seatbelt – escaped unscathed. He flagged down members of the public to help before being taken to the police station to give a statement.
The two women had gone on holiday together and met the two young men on a night out.
A senior police official in Greece said: “The car overturned as the 41-year-old female, the driver, hit a kerb, sending her crashing into a wall.
“She then rammed into a parked motorcycle and in her bid to regain control of the car steered it into the opposite lane, hitting another kerb that tipped the car into an empty field.
“The impact and jolt that followed was enough to send (Mr Hall) flying backwards, landing on his head. He died instantly.”
Police and paramedics said the scene was “harrowing” after finding Ms Davies dead in the front seat.
Ms Waddington is in an intensive care unit in hospital in the Cretan capital, Heraklion.
Luke was on holiday with three other friends who flew back to Leeds Bradford Airport on Tuesday evening.
The 18-year-old twin was an apprentice builder at Walter West Ltd in Dewsbury, played football for Dewsbury Rangers and went to St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy.
His mother, 46-year-old Anne, posted a now-poignant Facebook message to him before he flew out on June 28. She wrote: “Have an amazing time in Malia Luke. Please stay safe and come home in one piece xxx.”
She has since flown out to Greece with Luke’s grandmother to bring his body home.
Luke’s father Tom, 47, described his son as a “fantastic lad – the best ever”. He added: “It was their first lads’ holiday and it was the first time Luke had been away without his mum and dad. His twin Jacob is lost, he’s broken, he’s sobbing constantly.”
On Wednesday, Luke’s amateur football club Dewsbury Rangers released a statement which read: “The club is devastated at the extremely sad and shocking news of the loss of Luke Hall.
“Such a nice young man will be missed by so many and all his teammates. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Luke’s family and friends at this very sad time.”
Heartbroken cousin Chelsea Murphy paid tribute to Luke online, saying: “He was such a placid lad who would do anything for anyone. He was just starting a career in joinery.
“He was caring and supportive to anyone, not just family. He was a popular boy who had many friends.
“Fly high Luke. Forever in our thoughts and always in our hearts. Love you kidda.”
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff said: “Devastated to learn of the death of a local young man who was on holiday in Malia, Crete.
“Thoughts with his family and all who knew him at this sad time. RIP Luke.”
A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed they were supporting the families.