Tributes to Worth teenager who died in road crash

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who was tragically killed following a road crash in Worth last Wednesday.

Police are appealing for witnesses after William Avery-Wright, 13, was in collision with a Land Rover on the B2110 at about 2pm.

The driver and his passenger, both local to the area, were uninjured. William who lived in Crowborough was taken to the East Surrey Hospital suffering from serious injuries where he later died.

A 69 year old man from the Haywards Heath area was arrested at the scene on suspicion of death by careless driving and he was released on bail until January 16 pending further enquiries.

William was a pupil at Worth School.

Headmaster Gino Carmati said: “It is with the deepest regret that we must inform all members of the Worth community of the death of William Avery-Wright, a year eight student at our school.

“William was knocked down by a car as he was crossing Paddockhurst Road on Wednesday, November 30. He was rushed to hospital, but sadly he has since died. We are all devastated by this news.

“William was a popular student and will be greatly missed by his fellow pupils and the staff at Worth. May he rest in peace. A service was held at Worth on Wednesday evening for our community to pay their respects to William. Our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time and we offer them our deepest condolences and our full support.

“William was a wonderful young man, utterly decent, full of energy and fun. He was a boy totally engaged with life and someone who spread joy and delight to all who knew him.

“William was much loved and he was especially admired by the boys and girls in his year.

“William’s death has shocked the entire Worth community and we are deeply saddened by this tragic event. The school is praying for the repose of William’s soul and for his parents. May they receive comfort in the certain knowledge that William is at peace with Christ.”

William joined Crowborough Beacon Golf Club four years ago on January 1, 2008, aged just nine.

General manager John Holmes added his own tribute.

He said: “Crowborough Beacon Golf Club has lost an inspiring young golfer who was only just starting to realise his potential.

“He was a very active member playing in most competitions and dedicated to practicing his game.

“He is this year’s winner of the Club’s Junior Survivors Trophy – a gruelling competition spread over three days.

“His commitment led to him being selected this year to represent Sussex in the Boys under-13 matches.

“His last outing was a good victory over an opponent selected from the whole of the South East region in a match held at Lewes.

“He also showed his future potential by finishing fourth in this year’s Sussex County Order of Merit for under 13s.

“The Club is devastated to lose such a likeable and respected member. He will be missed by not only his friends and playing partners in the Junior section but also by many of the adult members. Our sympathies go to his mother Lisa and father Chris who is the Club’s Junior Organiser.”

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision. Anyone with information can call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Fairlight.