Tributes paid to 21-year-old man after motorway tragedy

Road and traffic news.
Road and traffic news.

Tributes have been paid to a 21-year-old Heathfield man who died after being hit by car on a busy motorway.

Alex Payne was walking on the M4 between junctions 15 to 14, towards Reading, when he was in collision with a car at around 7pm on Saturday, October 31.

A spokesperson from Thames Valley Police said: “Thames Valley Police is continuing to investigate a fatal collision on the M4 near the Membury services.

“At around 7pm on Saturday (October 31) a vehicle travelling on the M4 between junctions 15 to 14, towards Reading, was involved in a collision with a male pedestrian on the carriageway.

“The victim has been named as Alex Payne from Sussex, the much loved son of Jen and Bob and brother of Matt. The family is devastated by their loss.

“If you have any information about the incident please call TVP via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1330 (31/10).

“If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The eastbound carriageway of the M4 was closed for several hours following the incident.

Barry Howard, Deputy Head Teacher at Heathfield Community College where Alex was a student between 2005 and 2012, said: “All at the college were sorry to hear about the tragic death of Alex and pass on our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

“Alex was a likeable, engaging and humorous student, who communicated with staff as confidently as he communicated with his peers.

“As well as captaining the school football team and representing the school at cricket and rugby, he actively participated in our Year 7 mentoring programme and helped staff to deliver our “Extended Learning Days”.

“He was keen to do well in all of his subjects and made a positive contribution to the college and the sixth form at Heathfield.“

Alex moved away from Heathfield to attend Oxford Brookes University, where he studied history.

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