Trimley: Tributes to teen crash victim

HEARTFELT: tributes have today been paid to a teenage boy who died after an horrific accident on the A14 which also claimed the life of his grandmother.

William Taylor, 15, of Welsh Road, Coventry, suffered multiple injuries in the pile-up on Monday when two 38-tonne lorries were in collision with a car near the Trimley interchange sliproad. He was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire, but later died.

Heartbroken friends have set up two Facebook pages in memory of the teenager who was a passenger in a Fiat Punto being driven by his grandmother, Christine Taylor, 59, of Clovelly Road, Wyken, who died at the scene.

A second passenger, a man in his 60s believed to be Philip Wall, suffered serious injuries and remains critically ill in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

William, a keen carp fisherman, was a hugely popular pupil at Stoke Park School and Community Technology College, in Coventry.

A school spokesman said: “It was with great sadness that we heard the news of William’s death.

“William was part-way through his exam courses and was expected to do well.

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“He enjoyed a range of curricular and extracurricular activities, particularly catering at Henley College and fishing on activity days.

“Throughout his time at Stoke Park School, William proved to be a popular student with a close-knit group of friends.

“We will be talking to our staff, students and William’s family about how we will remember him.

“William will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Family friend Karen Wootton Simpson wrote on Facebook: “To a lovely lad who was like another son to us. Going to miss your big smile.”

Schoolmate Laura Conniff said: “You are being missed so very much, words can’t even explain.”

Friend Bradley Duncan, 21, said: “Will miss you loads mate, we are all thinking of you and your family. Gone too soon.”

Ashleigh May Nicholson wrote: “The boy who put a smile on my face has now gone.”

A 50-year-old Dovercourt man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released on bail until October 16.

Send your messages of condolence to starnews@archant.co.uk

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