A SCHOOL headteacher has paid tribute to a former pupil who died in a car accident.
James Langrish, 19, was a student at Portsmouth Grammar School for seven years.
He died in a car accident last week on the A32 near Wickham.
In a statement released by the school in Old Portsmouth, headteacher James Priory said: ‘Members of the school community were shocked and saddened to hear the news that former pupil James Langrish, who was at the school from 2006 until 2013, has been killed in a tragic road accident.
‘James was a popular student who played a full part in the wider, co-curricular life of the school.
‘As well as captaining the second XV rugby squad, he had successfully completed the 45-mile Ten Tors Challenge and was working towards his gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
‘After a gap year, during which he had travelled abroad with friends, James was eagerly looking forward to studying psychology at university.
‘His humour, vitality and warmth will be much-missed by all those who knew him.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.’
James, from Soberton, died at the scene of the car crash after his Vauxhall Corsa collided with a HGV lorry on the A32 Wickham Road between Fareham and Wickham.
The driver of the lorry, a 52-year-old Southampton man, suffered chest injuries and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Police were called the incident on August 22 at around 3am.
The road remained closed between junction 10 of the M27, in Fareham, and the roundabout at the junction of Knowle Road and Wickham Road for most of the day.