Tributes are paid to crash victim Alastair, 26

Floral tributes left at the scene of the crash on Harden Road in Bingley

Floral tributes left at the scene of the crash on Harden Road in Bingley

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Tributes have been paid to a Wilsden man who died in a car crash, after two of his friends were arrested on suspicion of causing his death by dangerous driving.

Alastair Hellewell, 26, known as “Ally”, was a passenger in the back of a white Volkswagen Polo, being driven by his 21-year-old friend, which struck the kerb and overturned as it was being driven in Harden Road, Bingley.

Mr Hellewell, of Harden Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car and a 25-year-old front seat passenger, who are both from the Bingley area, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, a police spokesman said. They were later released on police bail.

Mr Hellewell’s friends took to social networking sites following the fatal crash to pay tribute to him.

One, Keith Ingham, of Keighley, posted on Twitter: “Why does God always take the good 1s so young RIP my friend Ally Gone far too soon.”

Steven Stanworth, of Bradford, wrote on Facebook: “R.I.P Ally you will be missed” and said there would be “a gap in people's lives”.

Floral tributes had been left at the scene of the crash. One of the notes read: “Alastair Ewan my most beloved grandson gone far too soon your heartbroken Nana. All my love hugs and kisses go with you forever.”

Traffic police were continuing their investigations into the crash, which happened at 10.45pm on Friday as the car was being driven towards Wilsden.

The driver and front seat passenger were taken to Airedale Hospital for treatment.

Mr Hellewell’s family did not wish to comment because of the ongoing police investigation.

Bradford councillor Mike Ellis, whose Bingley Rural ward includes Wilsden, called for a joint investigation between police and Bradford Council to find out whether anything could have been done to prevent the tragedy.

He said: “Obviously, all our thoughts are with the family at this sad time and I will be asking Council officers to investigate the cause of this tragic accident with the police.”

A police spokesman said: “Officers are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who saw the vehicle heading out of Bingley prior to the incident.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact the Major Collision and Enquiry Team on 101.

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