A mum frantically searched for her missing son, 15, not knowing he had been killed in a hit-and-run on New Years’ Day.
Steven Mcilquham, from Wishaw , Lanarkshire, was struck by a grey Volkswagen car on Alexander Street, at its junction with Marshall Street, at around 9.30pm.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and police confirmed the driver initially failed to stop altering hitting Steven.
His worried mum Amanda Mcilquham had no idea her son had been knocked down.
She began desperately searching for him when he didn't answer his phone.
Neighbour Mary Ferguson told how Amanda was still frantically hunting for Coltness High pupil Steven at around 11pm last night, reports The Daily Record.
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She said: "Amanda was worried sick. She had no idea where he had go to as he was not answering his mobile.
“I think she had been expecting him to phone her earlier in the night.
"The way she was acting and how worried she was, it was like she knew something was wrong. Mother's intuition definitely kicked in.
"They were looking everywhere and phoning around to try to find out where he had got to.
"Amanda wasn't home and she asked me to check inside their house just in case he was there."
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Mary, who has lived next door to the family on Gala Crescent for 12 years, said she saw Amanda and her partner return home at around 11.10pm.
She said: “I thought he was just running late or out with his friends. Never for a second did I think something like this had happened.
“It's heartbreaking. It wasn't until I received a message from Amanda's phone first thing this morning explaining what had happened that I knew Stephen had been killed.”
Mary described Steven as a lovely lad with a very cheeky smile.
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She added: "He was so lovely and kind. Just a really nice young boy with a very big heart.”
"It's absolutely tragic what has happened. My heart breaks for Amanda and family. I just wish there was something I could do to help,” Mary added.
"Steven and Erin, Amanda's daughter, are her world. "She was just telling me how much her family meant to her when we were chatting on New Year's Eve. She loved her boy so much.
"I'm devastated for her and Steven. He will be missed so much."
Heartbroken friends have taken to social media to pay tribute to the popular teenager.
Rhys Corrigan said: "Canny believe av just read this. Too many memories mate rip bro, gbnf, till we meet again."
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Dylan Macauley added “RIP bro you will be missed ma man” and Chelsea Pollock “can not believe I am actually writing this but rest easy Stevo”.
She wrote: “You were one in a million and you'll be missed so much by everyone. Have a ball up there, love you bro."
A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with road traffic offences and released pending further enquiries.
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Inspector Scott Sutherland, of Motherwell's Road Policing Unit, said: "Our thoughts are with Steven's family and friends at this very sad time.
"Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the crash. I would ask that anyone who witnessed the crash or may have any relevant dash-cam footage to contact the police as soon as possible."
Those with information should contact Road Policing Officers in Motherwell through 101, quoting reference number 4880 of 1 January, 2020.
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