Tributes paid to victims of crash with a livestock lorry in Yorkshire 


Tributes are paid as ‘kindhearted’ student, 21, and ‘brilliant doctor’, 27, are named as victims of crash with a livestock lorry in Yorkshire

  • Oliver Louis Knott, 21, and Maisie Jade Ryan, 27, killed last week on the A65
  • A lorry that was transporting livestock crashed into their two cars on February 18
  • Tributes have since been paid to the pair from across the country

Tributes have been paid to a student and a doctor who lost their lives in a crash with a livestock lorry in Yorkshire last week.

Oliver Louis Knott, 21, and Maisie Jade Ryan, 27, were both killed after a lorry carrying livestock crashed into their cars on the A65 near Ilkley on February 18.

Following their devastating deaths, tributes to ‘brilliant doctor’ Maisie and ‘kindhearted’ student Oliver have poured in from all corners of the country. 

A Just Giving page has been set up in memory of Maisie which has already raised more than £11,000 for charity.

Following their devastating deaths, tributes to 'brilliant doctor' Maisie and 'kindhearted' student Oliver have poured in from all corners of the country

Oliver Louis Knott, 21, (left) and Maisie Jade Ryan, 27, (right) were both killed after a lorry carrying livestock crashed into their cars on the A65 near Ilkley on February 18

Her friends wrote on the page: ‘We’ve set up this page for our beautiful, kind, caring and sensitive friend Maisie who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on February 18 2021.

‘Maisie spent her life caring for others and worked so hard to become the brilliant doctor she was, a job that she loved.

‘Anthony Nolan was a charity close to Maisie’s heart, and one which she worked with throughout her medical training and beyond. We would like to use this page as a means of continuing the wonderful work Maisie was a part of, and as a way of sharing happy memories and celebrating all that Maisie was.

‘She was a friend to all that knew her, and this is a loss to this world that will be felt by many.’

A moving tribute has also been paid to Oliver by his former football club, Thackley Juniors in Bradford.

It reads: ‘It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the tragic death of one of our former players, 21-year-old Oliver Knott.

‘Oliver joined Thackley Juniors at Under-Sevens and played through to Under 18 level before leaving for university in Liverpool.

‘Whilst he was a competent centre-back in his early days, Oliver’s talents as a goalkeeper quickly became apparent.

A fundraising page was set up in Maisie's honour by her friends, aiming to raise money for the charity Anthony Nolan, and has so far received more than £11,000 in donations

A fundraising page was set up in Maisie’s honour by her friends, aiming to raise money for the charity Anthony Nolan, and has so far received more than £11,000 in donations

Oliver's old football team Thackley Juniors FC took to Twitter to pay tribute to the 21-year-old, saying he will 'be truly missed'

Oliver’s old football team Thackley Juniors FC took to Twitter to pay tribute to the 21-year-old, saying he will ‘be truly missed’

‘Winning various accolades throughout his time with both Thackley storm and Lightning teams, including the Players Player and Coaches Player of the Year on numerous occasions.

‘Oliver was instrumental in the Storm team’s only league win in 2014, and will be remembered as an intelligent, kind-hearted, funny character, who will be truly missed by everyone that knew and played with him.

‘Our heartfelt sympathy go out to Oliver’s family and friends. Oliver Knott 1999-2021.’

Following the accident, a West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘Enquiries remain ongoing to establish the circumstances of the collision.’

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who was in the area at this time and has any dashcam footage or any further information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 quoting log number 284 of February 18.

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