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Families' tributes to tragic teenager

PUBLISHED: 23:22 13 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:11 03 March 2010

BUDDING sports teacher Simon Wright had everything going for him before his life was cruelly cut short after a car crash.

BUDDING sports teacher Simon Wright had everything going for him before his life was cruelly cut short after a car crash.

Today the family of the 18-year-old, of The Street, Easton, are trying to come to terms with their loss.

Mr Wright died after his Ford Orion hit a tree near Glevering Hall, just outside Easton, on December 4.

Mystery still surrounds the cause of the crash.

His sister Samantha said: "There are no skid marks and no indication that he lost control. He had driven that route so many times and knew it so well.

"I don't think we will ever be able to know whether he blacked out and that is very difficult to deal with."

The family of Mr Wright, a keen cricketer, today spoke of a "lovable" teenager who was known to so many people.

Samantha said: "He was a bright and popular young man and he is going to be very sorely missed by a lot of people. He was involved in so many things."

Mr Wright played cricket for a local team and was a volunteer teacher at Debenham High School. It had been his ambition to become a physical education teacher.

He was airlifted to Ipswich Hospital after the accident and was later transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. His condition remained critical throughout his time there.

"It's the most difficult thing any of us has ever had to go through," said Samantha. "We are holding up and celebrating him.

"It's a tragedy what has happened to us and it's still a huge shock. In some ways it doesn't feel like a week has passed since the accident, but in other ways it feels like three weeks."

Meanwhile the parents of a another teenager, who also had connections with Debenham High School, have also paid a moving tribute to their son.

Moped-rider Sam Kerry, of Sparrow Court, Debenham, died after a head-on collision with a Vauxhall Astra car at Mill Hill, Earl Soham, near Framlingham.

The former Debenham High pupil was heading along the A1120 to get to work at Notcutts Nurseries in Hacheston on Wednesday.

"We loved him so much," said his mum Linda.

His only brother, Tom, aged 20, a farmworker, was devastated by the tragedy, his parents said.

Sam left school at the end of last term, but quickly found himself a place on a modern apprenticeship course, working at Notcutts, and learning about horticulture, one of his big interests, on a part-time course at Otley College.

His father, Harold, said: "He did work hard and achieved what we thought were some very good exam results."

One of Sam's great loves was his 49cc Aprilia moped, which he got on his 16th birthday at the end of January.

"He's done miles and miles and miles on it," said Harold. "He was very competent with it, too. He would not have stood a chance – it was a total head-on."

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