Tributes for teenager who died on A33By Linda Fort
February 15, 2013
A bandana, cigarette packet and beanie were among tributes left near where a 19-year-old named locally as Matt Seddon died on Monday night.
It is thought the teenager was thrown from the red Ford Fiesta he was driving in South Reading and hit by at least one of six police cars, including an armed response vehicle and dog handlers, pursuing his vehicle, at around 11.25pm. He was the sole occupant of the car.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the incident on the A33 following a referral from Thames Valley Police after the Fiesta, which was being pursued by police for failing to stop, hit the central reservation.
According to the IPCC, the Fiesta was travelling along the southbound carriageway, it then did a U-turn and was travelling in anorthbound direction when the collision happened.
IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin said: “This is a terribly tragic incident which has resulted in a young man’s death and my thoughts are with his family and all those who knew him at this very difficult time.
“IPCC investigators were at the scene of the collision on Tuesday and this careful and painstaking approach will continue throughout the investigation which will be rigorous in establishing the circumstances surrounding this collision.”
Tributes have been pouring into a Facebook page set up in his memory where contributors are invited to show their respect for “this amazing person who has touched so many lives”.
Although it lists Denefield School in Tilehurst as one of Matt’s schools, a spokeswoman said yesterday they were “not aware” he was a pupil.
Other schools include Sudbury Upper School, Uplands Middle School and Great Cornard Middle School, all in Suffolk.
On Saturday old friends are planning a get-together in his memory at the Wetherspoons pub in North Street, Sudbury, at 8pm.
The site reveals Matt’s partner Bryony is expecting a baby.
And Bryony De’Morgan left this post on the site: “looking through the memory book we made together, we had so many good times. my favourite memory of you is when i came into our room to tell you I was pregnant & you where half asleep with a big smile on your face ♥ my angel forever ♥ i love you babe, always in my heart xxxxxx”.
MegZilla Doyle posted: “Everyday in class I was confused and didn’t have a clue what was going on! And you’d always come over and be like “Megan you doughnut let me help you” I actually can’t believe it, thoughts go out to your family, r.i.p x”.
Alex Lajos Chester posted: “Still in denial not going to lie Matt! When I was told... My heart stopped! Speechless really, Don’t really know what to say! Good bye is the last thing i want to say to you! So young, So bright, so awesome! You are needed up there dude, knowing you all these years has been an absolute honor. Going to miss you so much! A few pints shall be drunk in your name! My thoughts are with your family! Love you like a brother x”
Aysha Javed said: “Sleep well in heaven Matt, you were the funniest guy I know ill never forget you. Gutted that this had to happen.. Were all here for your girlfriend and unborn baby who will live on as a legacy to you, RIP xxx”
The IPCC is urging anyone who can provide information to contact to get in touch by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call freephone 0800 096 9078.