Family devastated after teenage son killed in car crash

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The family of an 18-year-old who was killed in a car crash in Assington have paid tribute to their son, describing him as a “bright, shining star”.

William Turner, from Shoeburyness in Essex, died at the scene after the red Vauxhall Corsa he was travelling in with three friends overturned into a ditch along the A134 last week.

In a statement released through Suffolk Police, Will’s mother Julie, father Martin and brother James spoke of their grief.

“Will was such a bright, shining star,” they said. “He lived for his family, his friends and for his golf. We are all totally devastated.

“Our lives will never be the same again but seeing just how much he was loved is comforting.

“We have had so many kind words and tributes to Will and have been touched by them all.”

Will was cadet captain at Thorpe Hall Golf Club where an area has been set aside for floral and written tributes to the keen sportsman, who was looking forward to studying a golf management degree.

In a statement, Andrew Hampton, headteacher at Thorpe Hall School in Southend-on-Sea, paid tribute to the former head boy.

“At school, he was a charming and engaging young man, full of enthusiasm and positivity,” he said.

“He led the school in his final year by example, always being ready to help out where needed and presenting himself superbly.

“He was a warm and gentle friend to all around him, hugely respected and respectful.

An 18-year-old man from Berkshire has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.