Tributes have been paid to a “popular lad” who died days after a crash between a scooter and a car on the A55.
Ethan Ross was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries on Saturday but passed away on Monday.
The 17-year-old from St Asaph was part of the Denbigh Town FC Development squad last year.
A statement on its website said: “We were all shocked to hear the news of the teenager from the Vale of Clwyd who passed away all too soon.
“17-year-old Ethan Ross was involved in a road traffic accident on Saturday night on the A55 between Bodelwyddan and St Asaph whilst travelling home on his scooter and was rushed to Glan Clwyd Hospital before being airlifted to Stoke with very serious injuries.
“Devastatingly he lost his fight for life.
“Ethan, from St Asaph, used to play football for Henllan Juniors and was part of the Development Squad last season after signing for Denbigh Town FC at the age of 16yrs.
“He is a popular lad and part of a fantastic group at the club.
“Our thoughts are very much with Ethan’s family and all his friends at this awful time.”
North Wales Coast Football Association posted on Facebook: “It is with sadness that we inform you all that Ethan Ross a 17-year-old player for Denbigh Development FC passed away on Monday after being involved in a road traffic accident on Saturday.
“Our sincere condolences goes out to Ethan’s family and friends. X”
One commented: “Very sad news, our condolences to the family from all at Pentre FC.”
Another club posted: “All at Caer Clwyd are deeply saddened and give our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ethan Ross following the tragic news of his unfortunate death.
“A life taken far too young which will leave a massive hole in the heart of the community. RIP Ethan.”
Emergency services were called to the eastbound carriageway near junction 26 for the St Asaph Business Park shortly after 10pm on Saturday after the crash which also involved a Vauxhall Astra.
In an appeal for witnesses, Sergeant Raymond Williams of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Firstly our thoughts and sympathies are with Ethan’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“As the investigation progresses into this tragic collision, I am asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the moments leading up to it to please contact us.”
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Anybody with information that could assist with the investigation is asked to contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit in St Asaph on 101 or via the live web chat by quoting incident number Y134933.
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