Friends mourn teen death crash victim

PUBLISHED: 12:15 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:17 25 August 2010

FUN LOVING: Craig Duffett.

FUN LOVING: Craig Duffett.

TEENAGERS have been left in shock after their fun-loving friend was killed in a car crash.

TEENAGERS have been left in shock after their "fun-loving" friend was killed in a car crash.

Craig Duffett, 17, of Wren Road, Sidcup died when a Ford Fiesta he was in overturned in Bossingham Road, Stelling Minnis, near Canterbury, at 12.20am last Saturday.

No other vehicles were involved but a young female passenger with cuts to her head and two boys were taken to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and have since been released.

The former Cleeve Park School student was popular among teenagers from Crayford and Sidcup, who gathered on Monday outside Crayford Town Hall to leave flowers and messages.

Best friend Stephen Thrower, 18, of Ridgeway, Crayford, said: "You can see from all the people here that he was a really popular lad.

"He was a great mate and always up for a laugh, really full of life. You wouldn't think something like this could happen to him."

Friends at Mr Duffett's impromptu memorial said the Charlton Athletic FC supporter enjoyed fishing, playing pool with his friends and socialising in Crayford.

Over 50 bunches of flowers were left outside Crayford Town Hall along with candles and dozens of photos of the teenager who celebrated his 17th birthday in July.

A Facebook memorial group set up by Mr Duffett's 15-year-old cousin, Welling School student Robyn Lidnsey, had been joined by more than 500 people on Tuesday.

School friend Charlie Bunce, 16, of Cavendish Avenue, Sidcup, said: "He was a kind, fun-loving, spontaneous boy. He was always up for something and never wanted to sit around."

Adam Whittaker, 18, of Ridgeway, Crayford, said he used to seek Mr Duffett's advice on girls and problems. The laundry worker said: "If you were ever down or upset he would be the one who you talked to. He could make us laugh out of nowhere. He'll be missed."

Kent police has appealed for witnesses of the crash to come forward.

Anyone with information about the crash should call Kent's serious crash investigation unit on 01622 798538.

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