A41 crash - Darryl Smith and Sean Broomhall, pic courtesy of Cheshire Police

A third man from South Cheshire has died days after his two friends were killed in the same road collision on the A41 near Chester.

Darryl Smith, 29, and his friend Sean Broomhall, 24, (pictured) both of Wistaston, died as a result of the collision.

Former Malbank School student Josh Clayton was left in a critical condition and airlifted to the University Of Aintree Hospital in Liverpool after the crash on February 7.

But today tributes were paid to the 19-year-old on social media after he also lost his fight for life.

One friend Kim Bibby said: “He was such a beautiful young lad. Heartbreaking for all his family and friends.”

Josh Clayton

Josh Clayton

And another Jemma Lauren added: “Actually can’t believe it, such a lovely lad. Far too young.”

Darryl’s mother Julie paid tribute to her son and Sean earlier in the week. She said they “were like brothers” and both leave behind young sons.

She said: “We find this very hard to share the devastating news that our dear son Darryl Smith has been taken from us in a tragic accident.

“Words cannot express how we are all feeling but we thank you for all your loving posts and the support from all of our family and friends and not forgetting our extended family friends of Darryl and Sean.

“Darryl and Sean were like brothers and we supported and loved Sean like our own, they were lovable rogues together.

“Darryl was a character and we are sure that if you had known him, you would have loved him instantly as everyone did whose hearts he touched. Our hearts are broken.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family at this tough time and we hope he continues to fight and make a recovery. He has the best sense of humour and we hope to experience that again. Josh holds a special place in our hearts.”

Sean’s mother Sharon said her family was “heartbroken”.

She said: “My loving son Sean has been taken from his family far too soon.

“He left behind a gorgeous son and a family who loved him dearly. We are all heartbroken but his memory will live on and he will be in our hearts forever.”

A 39-year-old woman who was airlifted to hospital after the collision has since been released from hospital.

Cheshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident which happened at around 1.15pm on Wednesday February 7.

The collision, between a silver Audi A3 and a blue Peugeot Partner van, occurred outside Dragon Hall Business Park on Whitchurch Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 432 of 7 February 2018.

To submit dashcam footage to police go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage

(Pic courtesy of Cheshire Police)

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