Tributes paid to a popular teenager

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'vibrant' teenager who was killed in a car accident last week.

Jonathan McLean (17), died when the Renault Clio he was driving collided with a Chrysler Voyager on Stepps Road, near Langmuirhead Road, in Auchinloch.

His sister Rachel (19), who was a passenger in the car, was taken to hospital following the crash and was later released.

The 38-year-old female driver of the Chrysler Voyager and her 44-year-old female passenger were both taken to hospital following the accident and were later discharged.

The funeral of the Chryston High School prefect takes place today (Wednesday) at Daldowie Crematorium.

Chryston High head teacher Linda Johnstone paid tribute to Jonathan.

She said: "Our entire school community has been shocked and deeply saddened by Jonathan's tragic death.

"He was such a fine lad and so very popular among his fellow pupils.

"As a school prefect Jonathan was an outstanding ambassador for Chryston High.

"A talented musician, Jonathan's prowess as a member of the school rock band will be remembered fondly."

She added: "We have already extended our deepest sympathies to all of Jonathan's family.Our thoughts and prayers remain with them at this very difficult time.

"Jonathan's classmates do wish to pay their own lasting tribute to him. We will liaise closely with the McLean family so that, in some way, we can pay our respects and show our affection for a young man who will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

Jonathan's friends Iain Ross (18) and Eilidh Smith (17) described him as a "fun-loving character".

Eilidh said: "Jonathan was really popular and good fun. He always went around with a big cheesy grin on his face."

Iain added: "This has been a real shock for everyone at school. Jonathan was well liked by everyone. A group of us had planned a holiday to Ibiza. I can't believe he won't be there."

Friends have left emotional tributes on Jonathan's Bebo internet site.

One message read: "Your outgoing personality and great sense of humour will never be forgotten. The hundreds of people who knew you have great memories of the fantastic Jonathan McLean."

Constable James Sheen is appealing for witnesses to the crash, that happened on Monday, May 5, at 10.30am. Anyone with information is asked to contact him at the Road Policing Department at Motherwell on 01698 483124.