North East family devastated by teenage son's crash death in Northumberland

Ricky Tynemouth Harris with dad Richard
Ricky Tynemouth Harris with dad Richard

A North East couple have paid tribute to their son, killed in a car crash in Northumberland.

Ricky Tynemouth Harris was pronounced dead at the scene after the Vauxhall Corsa in which he was a passenger left the A196 near South Farm, Choppington, at about 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Ricky Tynemouth Harris with stepmum Patricia Rudd.

Ricky Tynemouth Harris with stepmum Patricia Rudd.

The 17-year-old lived with mum and step-dad Karissa and Tim Tynemouth and sisters Jennifer and Katie in Guidepost.

But he was a regular visitor to the home in Bruce Crescent, Hartlepool, of dad Richard Harris, stepmum Patrica Rudd, brothers Blaine and Ellis and step-brothers Bradley and Kieran.

Patricia, 37, said the whole family had been devastated by Ricky's passing.

"We are just trying to figure out what happened - it has clearly been a terrible accident.

"It is hard because we are so far apart, but we are dealing with this as a family together," she said.

The family has just received a coroner's report which confirmed Ricky would have known nothing about what happened.

"Ricky was killed instantly, which was a blessing," said Patricia.

"He did not feel anything - it's strange, but that is a little bit of a consolation.

"Ricky was a wonderful and popular young lad both in Guidepost and here in Hartlepool.

"Basically this young man has touched so many people and will be missed by all.

"The road is long for all of us who loved him but the response from the people of Guidepost and Hartlepool has been mind-blowing.

"One lady brought us t-shirts and it is overwhelming the number of flowers that are pouring in - it is unreal how nice people are.

"Several events and celebrations have been taken place at the scene of the accident over the past two nights. Richard and I visited the accident area and the flowers left there stops your breath.

"Ricky was so loved and had so much life left to live."

Ricky had been well-loved by everyone who knew him and had always found it easy to make friends, said Patricia.

"He used to love the carnival - he would go out and come back with loads of phone numbers - he was just so easy-going and friendly with everybody."

Family and friends will pay tribute to Ricky with a balloon release in his memory on the Headland at 6.30pm this evening.

*Two other 17-year-old passengers were taken to hospital after the crash. Northumbria Police arrested the 18-year-old driver on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.