Tributes to Harrogate man killed in crash

Police car
Police car

Tributes have been paid to a hugely popular Harrogate man who was killed in a crash near Nidd.

Paul Whitehead, 44, died when his silver Mitsubishi Coupe left the road and hit a tree on B6165 at around 5.20pm on Friday, November 28.

Today, his family have paid tribute to a “happy go lucky” son and brother who will be deeply missed.

“Paul was a keen fisherman and musician, playing the bass guitar in a number of local bands over the years,” they said.

“He enjoyed football and lately his passion was extreme mountain biking.

“He lived life to the full and never let an opportunity for adventure pass like climbing to the top of Calpe rock in Spain!

“He was kind and happy go lucky and was generous to a fault. He was popular amongst his group of friends and had an active social life.

“Paul was a deeply loved son to Rita and brother to Andrew and Dean.

“The loss of Paul and his zest for life will leave a huge gap in the hearts of his family and friends that can never be filled.”

Police investigating the crash are now appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.

TC Ken Riley, of Harrogate Road Policing Group, said: “ I would like to thank the members of the public who have already come forward, the information provided has greatly assisted the inquiry.

“We are, however, still trying to trace the drivers of four or five vehicles who we know were in the area at the time, those drivers may not be aware of the significance of what they have seen.

“I would ask that anyone who was driving on the B6165 between Knaresborough and Ripley between 5pm and 5.15pm who were either overtaken by a vehicle or saw a vehicle parked at the side of the road with its hazard lights on to contact me as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact either TC Ken Riley or TC David Minto at Harrogate Police Station using the non-emergency contact number 101 or via e-mail to, quoting quote reference 12140206042.