Friends' tributes to Winnersh crash victim Jack AllisonBy Lucy Allen
March 21, 2012
A shrine of flowers, cards and mementoes has covered the spot where a Woosehill teenager was fatally injured on Wednesday evening.
The outpouring of love and grief features around 60 bouquets and a memento board filled with heart-rending messages and a photo of Jack Allison.
The 18-year-old, of Huntingdonshire Close, was driving a black Volkswagen Golf along King Street Lane towards the Winnersh Sainsbury’s crossroads when it was involved in a collision with a white Ford Transit van at around 8.55pm.
He was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he later died.
The photo on the message board shows a bare-chested young man with curly hair half hidden under a baseball cap.
A heart-breaking message, just signed Larissa, reads: “Growing up with you has been a pleasure. Sleep tight little brother, keep shining on us like the star you are.”
Another reads: “It was lovely spending your last moments with you.
“I’m glad I was there with you to keep you company even though I hated seeing you like that. Only minutes before, we were laughing about my dreadful singing and at McDonald’s.
“RIP my lovely bundle of joy.”
It was signed Megapocolips.
Other friends have written about his ‘ginger curls’, his talent at art and of happy times at summer barbecues or ‘chilling in the park’.
One message read: “To my curly haired friend, Jack we will all miss you so much. I still can’t believe it. You are my oldest friend. I’ll never forget you.”
At his home on Monday, his family were too distressed to talk.
But Nigel Matthias, headteacher of The Emmbrook School, where Jack studied for his GCSEs, said: “Jack was a quiet yet lively young man, popular with both staff and students.
“He had a keen interest in music and was someone with a unique character which made him stand out, just like his wonderful, long, stylish curly hair.
“He is someone who will be deeply missed because of the potential he had for a great future.”
After the accident, a passenger in the Golf, a 19-year-old man, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he is in a stable condition.
Two other passengers in the car sustained minor injuries.
Reading Road was closed until 5am on Thursday morning while police investigated the scene.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or who saw either vehicle prior to the impact to contact the Aylesbury road death investigation unit on the non-emergency number 101.
If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
- A 24-year-old man from Hurst, a 23-year-old man from Bracknell and a 23-year-old from Woosehill, who were travelling in the Transit van, have all been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The Hurst man and the Bracknell man were released on bail to return to Loddon Valley police station on May 1.
The Woosehill man has been bailed until April 26.