Tributes paid to teen killed in crash

The family of a teenage boy who died at the weekend after a car crash in North Wales have paid tribute to him.

17-year-old Ryan Owen from Llandudno died in hospital on Saturday night after the accident on the A470 on Thursday.

There were more than 1500 tributes left on Facebook in the 24 hours after his death.

In a moving tribute to their son Ryan's parents, Llew and Sonya, his sister Tanya and brother Marc were keen to stress how the support of his many friends has been a fantastic comfort to them.

Tanya said: 

"His friends have been brilliant and their dedication to him has been amazing. Girls and boys stayed at the hospital day and night and their care has helped us enormously."

Parents Llew and Sonya added:

"It's been a real comfort to know how much people thought of him. Within 24 hours of his passing there were more than 1500 tributes. "

Llew explained how the former John Bright School pupil was always entertaining his classmates with his witty one liners and that he loved his football when he played for Llandudno Football Club from the under 10s through to the under 15s.

He also loved his motorbike and his car.

Llew said:

"He had a motorbike at 16 and passed his CBT test with flying colours.

"He was so clever with computers too and was always there to help anyone with technical problems."

Sonya said:

"He was so kind and had a heart of gold. 

"He had a knack of winning at the arcades. If he lost two pounds he'd leave, but more often than not he'd win and was generous with all of us."

The family said Ryan's loss in such tragic circumstances was "a waste of a young life", which they hoped other families would never have to go through.

Ryan leaves loving father Llew, mother Sonya, brother Marc sister Tanya, brother-in-law Mark and nephew Owen.