Tributes to tragic teenager

Aaron Cook, 16
Aaron Cook, 16

Devastated family and friends have paid moving tributes to a Chorley teenager following his sudden death.

Aaron Cook, 16, of Keepers Wood Way, was hit by a car after falling from a motorway bridge.

Today, the former Parklands High School pupil was described as ‘delightful’ and ‘sensitive’.

His family said in a statement: “Aaron Cook was 16, studying Childcare at Runshaw College.

“He wanted to be a nursery teacher. He loved spending time with his friends and family and will be deeply missed.”

A spokesman for Runshaw College added: “Aaron was one of our trainee apprentices and he will be hugely missed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”

Aaron attended Parklands until summer 2013.

Claire Hollister, headteacher at the school added: “Aaron was a delightful young man who had a very sensitive and caring side to him.

“He was always supportive of other pupils experiencing any form of difficulty or loss.

“Aaron was well-liked and respected among his peers. He contributed enthusiastically to all school activities and will be greatly missed by his circle of close knit friends.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

The teenager died after falling from an M6 bridge just past junction 28 and was hit by a vehicle that failed to stop on Saturday night around 11.30pm.

A 38-year-old man from Stoke has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to notify police of an accident.

Police said a man had been standing the wrong side of the footbridge when he has fallen into the carriageway.

Four vehicles have swerved to avoid him but a fifth vehicle has collided with the man as he lay in lane one of the carriageway.

The southbound carriageway was closed for six hours between junctions 27 and 28 for a scene investigation.

Scores of tributes have been paid on Facebook, and claims the teenager had been bullied have also been made.

Ellen Mercer said: “You was such an innocent person, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt anybody. So why should people hurt you, you’re up there now, where no one can hurt you, looking down on those who mean the world to you.”

Rebecca Gaskell said: “Rest in peace Aaron, my thoughts go out to you and your family. You were such a lovely lad and you always smiled keep smiling in heaven. We will never forget you.”