College’s very public tribute to teen killed in A64 tragedy

The Principal of Askham Bryan College in York[1] has expressed his deepest[2] sorrow to the family of a Huddersfield[3] student who lost his live in a car[4] accident.

Tim Whitaker spoke out as George Sawyer, 18, of Farnley Tyas[5], was crossing the A64 shortly before 1.20am when he was hit by a BMW on Monday, March 27.

Mr Whitaker, college Principal and CEO, said: “On behalf of the college, I want to express our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to George’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.

“We have opened a book of condolence for students and staff, and our flag is flying at half-mast in George’s honour and will be a focal point for staff and students to pay their respects. George will be greatly missed by students and staff, who are trying to come to terms with this shocking and sudden loss. We are supporting them at this very difficult time.”

Staff from the Agriculture Department said: “George was studying Level 3 Agriculture, on the arable pathway in his second year with us, and he had a very promising future. He was an outstanding, dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled student with a great passion for the course and agriculture in general.

“George will also be remembered for his brilliant sense of humour, the ability to make everyone in a room smile and to always lift the mood and get everyone working. He was a pleasure to teach, perfectly balancing a cheeky character and great sense of humour with a willingness to work and succeed that made him so popular among staff and fellow students alike.”

George was studying Arable Agriculture and was a member of Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club. In a moving tribute, the club told his mum, dad and sister, that their “rugby family has their arms around them” during this horrendous time.

Askham Bryan College has more than 4,000 students and 800 apprentices based at sites across northern England. It specialises in rurally-focused education and offers full and part-time further and higher education programmes.

The driver, a man in his 40s, is helping with the investigation, police said. It happened between the A659 for Tadcaster and the A1237 for Askham Bryan near York, and saw emergency services rush to the scene and the road closed for hours.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the BMW or George in the area or who may have dashcam footage to get in touch. If you can help, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference 12230054266 or email [email protected]


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  6. ^ Tributes to ‘humble’ and ‘full of beans’ Yorkshire dad who took his own life (

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