“AN angel in the sky” – one of many touching tributes paid to teenage cyclist Keegan Massey Bartlett Crawford, who died after being hit by a car.
Friends and family have laid flowers and moving messages at the side of Chester Road, near to where the 17-year-old was knocked off his bike.
A hand-written poem left at the scene of the crash said: “An angel in the sky, 360 to heaven, Keegan flying to heaven.”
Messages were also left on a grey New York Yankees baseball cap.
They read: “RIP bro love Harry and Callum,” “RIP Keegan love Jordan,” and “Love you mate”.
The former Biddick School Sports College student was cycling along Chester Road, near the junction with Rose Street East in Penshaw, on Saturday when he collided with a Ford Fiesta car.
It is believed he was on his way to visit friends.
Keegan was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was treated for serious head injuries.
On Monday, he lost his fight for life.
College friend Louise Thoms, 17, said: “We’re all absolutely devastated. All of his close mates are in absolute pieces.
“He had a lovely cheeky smile and was an amazing person. He would do anything for anyone. It’s very sad.”
Keegan is believed to have lived with his mum and 14-year-old sister.
After the incident, a section of Chester Road between Penshaw Lane and Avondale Avenue was closed off by police for several hours.
The driver of the car was not hurt.
Police are still appealing for anyone who saw the incident, which took place at about 12.40pm, to come forward.
Anyone who witnessed the collision should call Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.