A COMMUNITY is in mourning after a Swinton teenager died in an horrific car smash.
Luke Hardwick, 18, of Benton Terrace, was the passenger in a BMW which collided with a white large goods vehicle, on The great North Road.
A one-year-old girl who was also travelling in the car suffered a life-threatening head injury.
The little girl, from Wath, is believed by neighbours to be Luke’s niece.
She was receiving treatment in Sheffield Children’s Hospital where her condition was critical.
Neighbours of Luke’s family, said everyone was shocked and saddened by the tragedy.
Darren Haffner, who lives across the road, said everybody in the neighbourhood liked Luke.
“Luke was the kind of lad who kept himself to himself,” he said. “He was a quiet lad who never caused anyone any problems. He was a very nice lad indeed.
“Our thoughts are with his family.”
The driver of the BMW - a 31-year-old man - was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further inquiries.
The collision happened in Redhouse at about 12.20pm on Thursday, December 20.
Police said a silver BMW 316 compact, which had been travelling towards Doncaster on the Great North Road, pulled out of a lay-by to perform a U-turn in front of a white DAF goods vehicle.
The BMW spun on the carriageway, knocked down a metal road sign, and came to rest on a grass verge facing towards Wakefield.
The lorry, driven by a 36-year-old man, remained on the road.
The incident took place about 150 metres south of the junction with Redhouse Lane, adjacent to the entrance of a printers.
Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward. Call South Yorkshire Police on 101.