Tributes paid to teenager Baz Cottle after death in crash
TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenager killed when the car he was travelling in crashed in St Philip's.
Dozens of bunches of flowers and messages have been left in memory of 19-year-old Baz Cottle on the pavement at the scene of the accident in Feeder Road.
Mr Cottle, who lived with his family in Brislington, died and another teenager was left with life-threatening injuries after the crash at the junction with Avonside Road at 9pm on Tuesday.
He was a passenger in a Honda Civic which left the road, mounted a kerb and hit a post box and tree as it travelled towards Temple Meads station.
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The injured teenager was taken to Frenchay Hospital with life-threatening injuries, while two other teenagers in the vehicle received treatment for minor injuries at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
The road was closed for a detailed examination by the road policing unit's collision investigation unit and was re-opened at 4am on Wednesday.
By the weekend about 30 floral tributes had been left by mourners at the scene of the crash at the entrance to Avonside Industrial Park.
Messages had been left on cards and written on the pavement in black marker pen. A baseball cap with signatures written on it, photographs of Mr Cottle and tealight candles had also been left at the scene as a tribute to the teenager.
Mr Cottle, who turned 19 in March and is understood to have two siblings, is thought to have been travelling to collect nightclub tickets with friends when the tragedy happened.
A tribute page has been set up on social networking website Facebook to allow friends and loved ones to pay their respects and share their memories of the teenager.
The page, called R.I.P Baz Ricardo Cottle, has been flooded with messages and pictures.
One friend, Jordan Felski, wrote: "Such a kind, considerate, caring, warm-hearted, happy and outgoing person that so many people loved to be around, never said a bad word to anyone, always there when needed, a truly amazing friend that I and many others shared great moments with. My childhood memories are filled with fun times, I've been so lucky to have spent it with you."
Others penned similar messages, including Chloe Louise Harvey, who wrote: "Wish I could speak to you again, no idea how special you were babe and I'm so happy that I was part of your life, love you so much and will miss you forever."
On Thursday evening, friends gathered at the scene of the accident to lay down flowers and light candles in Mr Cottle's memory.
One friend posted: "I can't believe how many people turned up tonight. Going down made it all a bit too real, but seeing the turn-out and seeing just how many people's lives Baz impacted, was amazing. We've mourned his death. Now it's time to start celebrating his life. You know it's what Baz would do."
According to the web page, wristbands with the words 'In Memory of Baz Cottle' are to be produced and an event will be held at Mr Cottle's favourite nightclub, the Thekla, to give friends an opportunity to join in a celebration of his life.
Three teenagers, all believed to be aged 18, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and been bailed by police.