Family devastated as teen went to watch England in Euros and never came home

Oliver Pryde’s family said their son was a Manchester United fan who was pursuing his dreams of becoming a Maths teacher at Huddersfield University.

A family have paid tribute to their aspiring Maths teacher son who was killed just days before he was due to return home for the summer.

Oliver Pryde, 18, was killed in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa while crossing a road in Huddersfield in the early hours of July 12.

The Manchester United fan, from West Cumbria, had gone out to watch England’s first match of the Euros, his family said.

The first-year Huddersfield University Maths student was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His devastated family said he was five days shy of returning home for the summer.

In a heartbreaking tribute, they said they were proud of their son for following his dreams.

The tribute, released by police, read: “Oliver was the eldest of 4 children, he leaves behind 2 brothers, Reece aged 12, Finlay, 11, and his little sister Libby aged 8.

“We have all been left devastated by his tragic and untimely death, just 5 days before he was due to “come home for the summer and 18 days before his 19th birthday.

“He went out to support his country in the Euros and he never made it home. Our lives will never be the same again.

“We will miss him ranting about football and his beloved Manchester United and his corny jokes that he found hilarious.

“Oliver went off to University to study maths; he hoped to become a maths teacher and teach secondary aged pupils.

“He really found himself at university and loved the life he had made with his new friends and flatmates, he spoke of them as if they were family.

“We were so proud of him for living his dream.”

His family’s touching words come after his secondary school paid tribute to the “impeccable young man” who was “loved and respected.

In a statement, Netherhall School said: “It is with the greatest sadness that Netherhall School writes to inform you of the tragic and unexpected death of former sixth form student Oliver Pryde.

“Oliver was pursuing his lifelong dream and career ambition, successfully studying mathematics at Huddersfield University.

“Oliver left Netherhall School last summer; he was a superb student, impeccable young man, a joy to be around, loved and respected by all and a great credit to his family, many friends, teachers and fellow students.”

They added:”Our deepest sympathies and condolences to all his family and everyone who knew and loved him. He will be forever in our thoughts.”

Oliver’s funeral will be held on August 5 and all are welcome to celebrate his life.

The family have requested that in lieu of flowers to make a donation to Children and Young People at West House here.

Two men in their thirties were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and a number of other offences following the collision.

Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have dashcam or other video footage of the incident or circumstances leading up to it, including the Vauxhall Corsa car involved in the collision and the people in it to come forward.