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Tributes to happy boy loved by us all.

Byline: Joanne Butcher

AMOTHER has paid tribute to her "happy go lucky" son whose was killed in a road accident.

Thirteen-year-old Brandon Nugent, from Gilesgate, Durham, died on the city's A690 on Monday night after being hit by a car.

His mother Madeline Walker last night described him as a popular and promising schoolboy who will be sadly missed by the whole community.

"Brandon was a happy go lucky boy," she said. "He loved football and was a keen fan of Manchester United, was always playing on his Xbox and was into his music, with Slipknot being his favourite band.

"He was very much loved by everyone in the family and everyone he met." She added that the youngster enjoyed cross-country running and had been doing well at school.

Brandon, of St Joseph's Close, Gilesgate, was hit by an Audi A3 car at around 7.15pm on Monday as he tried to cross the A690 dual carriageway just south of the Belmont slip road.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene and Brandon was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham. But his injuries proved too much and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The driver of the car, a 19-year-old man from the Broom Park area of Durham, and his back seat passenger, a 17-year-old girl also from Broom Park, both suffered from shock but were otherwise unhurt.

The driver's 44-year-old mother, who was sat in the front passenger seat, suffered shock and minor cuts. All were taken to hospital for checks.

Yesterday, the close-knit community was in shock as news of the accident spread.

Hundreds of friends and loved ones paid tribute to the fun-loving St Leonard's Catholic School pupil, who had an older brother and sister and three younger sisters.

Simon Campbell, headteacher at St Leonard's, said: "All pupils and staff at St Leonard's are deeply saddened by the death of Brandon.

"He was a popular, happy character with many friends in school and will be missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family."

More than a thousand people have joined a tribute group to Brandon on social networking site Facebook. Gemma-Leigh Nicholson wrote: "RIP Brandon. Too fast, too soon. Everyone's going to miss your cheekiness and you'll never be forgotten for your permanent smile. You behave yourself up there."

Neighbours described the crossing on the road, the main route out of the city to the A1, as a blackspot.

One woman whose home in Bradford Crescent, Gilesgate, backs on to the scene of the accident, said: "The road is really dangerous and there have been a lot of accidents there in the past.

"It's a blind corner and the cars come really fast, but it's not really the drivers' fault because it is the main road."

The A690 was closed for more than five and a half hours on Monday night as police began their investigations.

Officers are still trying to piece together exactly what had happened and today renewed their appeal for witnesses to contact the accident unit on 0191 375 2159.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2011
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