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William, 18, died of crash injuries
12:34pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A STUDENT died of multiple injuries after the van he was a passenger in hit a tree, an inquest has heard.
The inquest, into the death of William Andrews, 18, of Shirebourn Vale, South Woodham Ferrers, heard he died after the driver of the Ford Escort van lost control.
A 21-year-old man from the Chelmsford area, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving while unfit through drink or drugs, has been bailed until next week.
Neither the police nor the coroner could confirm whether the man arrested was driving the van.
A spokeswoman for the coroner’s office said: “Mr Andrews was a passenger in a vehicle. The driver lost control, left the road and struck a tree.
“A post-mortem examination was carried out. The provisional cause of death given was multiple injuries.”
William, who was due to celebrate his 19th birthday on Tuesday, was one of four people in the white van, which crashed in Leighams Road, Bicknacre, on Saturday evening.
One man was taken to hospital and two others were treated for minor injuries.
William, a student at South Essex College’s Southend campus, died on Sunday morning.
His devastated parents said he had just completed a course in digital animation at the college and was hoping for a career in design and the media.
Tributes have continued to pour in for the former pupil of Woodville Primary School and William De Ferrers School. Friend James Sebborn said: “I met Will last year on the train from college.
“Since then he was a good friend to me, always giving me advice on things, as would I for him.
“He was always thinking of others – a true friend.
“He will always be remembered for the amazing person he was. Rest in peace, Will.”
Kara Mitchell said: “I was not one of William’s closest friends, but I did know, from the few times I met him at college, he seemed the most friendly, kind and genuine person.
“He would always talk to you and have a laugh and apparently, loved a good night out.
“He did not deserve what happened to him at all – he was one of the few good ones.”
Witnesses to the crash are asked to contact the Essex Police serious collision investigation unit on 101 or e-mail email@example.com
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