THE family of a teenager killed when a car crashed into a bus in Merseyside said they were “devastated by his loss”.
James Parry, 19, was a passenger in a Vauxhall Corsa which collided with an out-of-service Arriva bus in Claughton, Wirral, on Tuesday night.
Two of his friends in the car were also hurt in the crash.
One of them, who is also 19, was described as being critically ill in hospital last night.
In a statement James’s family described him as “an intelligent young man, bright spark with a great future ahead of him”.
They said: “James’s personality was one that was loved by all, a laid back, quick witted, genuine, what-you- see-is-what-you-get kind of man, with a cheeky side not to be mistaken with his intelligence.
“James was the baby of the family, loved by all now and always. Playing the Playstation struck up a competitive streak in the family which will never be forgotten.
“We are devastated by the loss of James, he was loved immensely and will be sadly missed by all, yet never forgotten.”
James loved to play golf and was a member of Leasowe Golf Club for over six years, with a handicap of four.
He represented the golf club at junior and senior level and played every day.
The family added that James achieved 13 GCSEs and three A-levels and had made an impression on his classmates and tutors at Hilbre high school and sixth form in West Kirby, where he was a student.
Headteacher Jan Levenson said: “James was a very popular, quiet but determined student. He enjoyed graphic art and drama and was involved in set designs throughout his time at Hilbre.
“He achieved excellent GCSE and A-level results, which were testament to his hard work and effort.
“Staff who taught him are absolutely devastated at the news of his death. He was a young man with massive potential and a bright future ahead.”
Police were called to Upton Road, close to the junction of Tollemache Road, at 7.30pm on Tuesday to reports of a two-vehicle collision.
They said an investigation was under way into the cause of the crash.
The driver of the car, a 19-year-old man from Moreton, suffered minor injuries and shock but was released from hospital.
The 56-year-old bus driver, from Bebington, was treated at the scene by paramedics and allowed to go home.
Call police on 0151-777 5444.