A talented 15-year-old footballer “with silky, mesmerising skills” died after being knocked off his bike in a suspected drink-driving hit-and-run.Dylan Crossey had been cycling along a road in Whitestake, Lancashire, when he was struck by a silver 3 Series BMW, which failed to stop. The teenager was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital with serious head injuries before being transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital, where he died. The crash in Chainhouse Lane happened at around 11pm on Friday.
Tributes have been paid to the youngster, who played for his local team almost 100 times. Penwortham St Teresa’s FC said in an online statement: “The club was saddened to learn of the passing of U16s player Dylan Crossey this morning. Dylan made close to 100 appearances in a yellow shirt, playing a sport he loved so dearly and always represented the club with pride.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Penwortham St Teresa’s JFC are with Dylan’s family and friends at this sad time. Tomorrow’s U16 and U18 fixtures have been cancelled, whilst all remaining fixtures will hold a pre-match minute’s applause.”
Rival side Longridge Town Juniors said in a post: “Everyone at Longridge town juniors would like to pass on their condolences to the teams and family of Dylan Crossey.
A 42-year-old man from New Longton was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving. He remains in custody. Police recovered a silver BMW 3 Series from an address in the village and are appealing for anyone who saw the vehicle in the area to come forward.