Tragic youngster, 10, killed as he cycled with best pal was ‘a cheeky chappy’

A 10-year-old boy who died in a horrific accident while out cycling with a friend has been named as Steven Duffield.

The youngster has been described as a much-loved 'cheeky chappy' by his heartbroken family who have been left "devastated" at his tragic passing.

Steven was killed after he was struck by a car in Anlaby Road, Hull, on Monday evening.

At the time of the accident Steven had been riding his bike alongside his best friend, who was also seriously injured and is now being treated in hospital, HullLive reports.

The collision happened at around 6.10pm and resulted in both boys being rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary, where Steven tragically died.

Steven's devastated parents, Alison, 43, and Micky, 54, are being comforted by specialist police liaison officers.

On Tuesday afternoon scores of people came together to release balloons in a moving tribute to Steven in West Park.

At the event his cousin Alan Duffield said: "He was only ten. He was a nice lad – a cheeky chappy.

"The parents are devastated. They are releasing some balloons at the park then coming to see where it happened.

"I miss him so much. I can't say more than that."

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He said Steven, a pupil at Hall Road School, was a live-wire and was "mad keen on cycling".

He told the Sun : "He was always out on his pushbike. We don't know what's happened. He and the lad who were injured were best friends."

Friends and family also gathered at the scene of the incident to pay tribute.

One said: "My mate cradled the lad who was injured for 20 minutes in his arms. There was a huge crowd here."

Another woman said: "He had his whole life ahead of him."

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Less than 24 hours after the incident, emotional tributes to the "little angel" have already started to appear on the railings of the Anlaby Road flyover, just yards from the crash site.

A number of colourful flowers were fastened to the bridge during the course of Tuesday, along with cards – one of which pledges that Steven is "never gonna be forgotten".

"RIP Steven my little man," one reads.

"You are gonna be missed and you are never gonna be forgotten. Can't believe you have gone at such a young age. You will always be remembered as my little angel and my little man.

"Sending love to you and your family."

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A 30-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of driving offences in connection with the collision and was still in police custody on Tuesday afternoon as the force's enquiries continue.

A second message affixed alongside the floral tributes also shared the thoughts of another family.

It reads: "So sorry for the loss of your precious boy Steve. Sending all our love."

The news of Steven's death was shared by Humberside Police on Tuesday morning as they launched an investigation into what happened.

In a statement, they confirmed that the two boys were hit by a blue BMW and that they were rushed to hospital.

Their families are both being cared for by specially trained officers.

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"A 10-year-old boy has sadly died following a collision on Anlaby Road in Hull yesterday evening, Monday 19 October," the statement read.

"The collision happened shortly after 6pm when a blue BMW collided with two boys riding a bike on the flyover, near to the junction with Selby Street.

"Emergency services attended and the boys were taken to hospital for treatment to life threatening injuries.

"One of the boys sadly died a short time later. His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

"The other boy remains in hospital in a critical condition.

"A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences in connection with the collision, he remains in our custody whilst enquiries continue.

"Officers from our serious collisions unit are appealing for anyone that witnessed the collision, who has not already spoken to us, to please get in touch.

"They are also keen to hear from anyone that saw either vehicle prior to the collision or anyone with dashcam footage from driving in the area at the time."

Anyone who would like to donate to the GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for Steven's funeral can do so here.

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