Horsham: Family tribute to teenager who died in accident

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Legend, William Radford died in accident in West Sussex

  • Author, Christian Fuller
  • Role, BBC News, South East

A family has paid tribute to a teenager killed in a crash involving a car and van in West Sussex.

William Radford, from Broadbridge Heath, was driving on the A281 Brighton Road at Monks Gate, near Horsham, at 4.30pm BST on June 10 when the accident happened.

The 17-year-old was airlifted to a London hospital but died on June 13.

A statement from his family said: “His passion for life, confidence, charisma, courtesy and caring nature were admired by everyone he met. »

William, known to his family as Will, was a student at Collyer's College in Horsham.

A family spokesperson said Will was “the beating heart of our entire family”.

“He was a brilliant student. A devoted friend. A lovely boyfriend. A protective brother. A loving son and grandson. A cheeky guy with a good heart,” they said.

“We will miss everything about him, every day. »

A 17-year-old boy from Cowfold, who was a passenger in the Nissan Micra driven by William, was taken to Redhill Hospital with minor injuries.

A 54-year-old man driving a Renault van, from Waltham Forest, London, was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Both have since been released.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision and have urged anyone with information or images to contact them.

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