Tributes have been paid to a 19-year-old footballer who died after a collision near Penrith.
The crash happened just before 2am on Monday on the Newbiggin road near to the B5288 junction, near the Clickham Inn.
The collision involved a black VW Polo. The driver of the vehicle, named locally as Jack Taylor from the Penrith area, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jack played for Penrith AFC’s academy and reserve sides prior to his death. His father Alan played for a number of seasons in the Keswick FC reserves side and worked in the town.
The following tributes have been issued on Twitter:
Lee McCullough, joint manager at Penrith Academy
Absolutely devastated, heaven has gained another legend today, JACK TAYLOR, our center back, 19 yrs old, @AcademyPenrith, thoughts are with Jack & his family, #PENRITH #FOOTBALLFAMILY#BONEYBLUES 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙— lee mccullough (@LeeCully78) May 31, 2021
Penrith AFC Academy
Never thought the day would come I’d be writing anything like this but what an absolute pleasure it has been to know Jack and to play with alongside with on the pitch! Not a bad bone in his body and so much going for him! Rest in peace JT 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/cnb8HpUHk9— Penrith AFC Academy (@AcademyPenrith) May 31, 2021
Newlaithes Ladies FC
The players observing a minute’s applause before tonight’s @CumberlandFA_WL game v @AbbeytownWFC in memory of @penrithfc player, 19 year-old Jack Taylor who tragically passed away this week. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends 💔 pic.twitter.com/buelm6YwVO— Newlaithes Ladies FC (@NwlthsLadies) June 2, 2021
Penrith AFC Ladies
Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of Jack Taylor.— BurnesideFC (@BurnesideFC) June 1, 2021
We had a great battle in that 2018/19 Division 3 season with his @AcademyPenrith side.
We stand side by side altogether in moments like this #RIPJackTaylor
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Carlisle United Community Sports Trust
We very sad to hear the news that Jack Taylor has passed away. Jack was a fantastic young man who will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with Jacks friends and family at this very sad time 💙 pic.twitter.com/vfJNQOXBXs— Carlisle United CST (@CUFCCST) June 1, 2021
Terrible news we learnt of last night was the tragic passing of Jack Taylor who’s Father Alan played for a number of seasons in our Reserve side and worked in the town.— Keswick FC (@KeswickFC) June 1, 2021
The club would like to pass on our condolences to the Taylor family
Cumberland Cup Zone
I’m saddened to hear the devastation news about the passing of Penrith Academy player Jack Taylor at the young age of 19, my thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends at this difficult time— Cumberland Cup Zone (@cumbcupzone) June 1, 2021
Officers are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who has any information to contact police to assist with the ongoing investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the collision can report online at www.cumbria.police.uk/reportit, quoting incident number 29 of May 31. You can also phone on 101 and ask to speak to PC 2743 Bruce or PC 1947 Ross.