A FAMILY has been left devastated after their teenage son tragically lost his life in a horror road accident in Paisley.
Jamie Convery, 17, died in the mangled wreckage of a Toyota MR2 after the car careered across a busy dual carriageway and ploughed head-on into a Mercedes.
His 22-year-old brother, who was behind the wheel of the car, and the 59-year-old driver of the Mercedes managed to scramble free.
They were both taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital with injuries.
A friend of the Convery family said: “As you would imagine, everyone in the family is grief-stricken.
“Jamie was a very popular boy and had a lot of good friends. They are all just as devastated.
“He was a young man with his whole life ahead of him. It’s such a tragedy.”
The death crash happened on Saturday night on the A726 Barrhead Road. several hundreds from the Grahamston Road Roundabout.
The brothers were heading to a McDonald’s fast food restaurant for a bite to eat when tragedy struck.
Sources said the MR 2, which had been bought a few weeks ago, suddenly left the road, mounted the central reservation and hit an on-coming Mercedes head-on.
Shocked drivers stopped at the scene to offer help and within minutes paramedics and firefighters were in attendance.
A medical team tried desperately to resuscitate Jamie but despite their frantic efforts the teenager died.
One stunned driver revealed last night: “The firefighters and police were in shock as some of them have sons of Jamie’s age. The police closed off a large section of the dual carriageway while firefighters were washing fuel from the road surface which was wet from the showery weather.
“Traffic cops were at the scene and they were investigating the cause of the accident.”
It is believed Jamie’s brother works in Paisley where he is an MOT tester.
A colleague said: “Jamie’s parents were on holiday abroad and since being given the dreadful news about their sons they have travelled home.
“Jamie just recently got his City and Guilds certificate and, I think, was planning a future in the world of electronics or something similar. He also has an older sister aged 21.”
Yesterday mourners had left floral tributes at the crash scene. In the middle of one bouquet were the words: “Always in our thoughts and hearts, sleep tight wee man.”
Another card said: “Jamie mate you’re one in a million. Never forget you mate”.
Last night police appealed for witnesses to the tragedy. One officer said: “If anyone saw this accident which happened around 6.20pm on Saturday, August 1, or has information that might help our inquiries we would ask them to ring the Police Traffic Department on 01475 492 500.”
A post mortem examination into the cause of the death is to be held and an accident report will go the Procurator Fiscal.