Family vigil for man killed in Hayling Island car accident

MUCH-MISSED Jason Matthews

MUCH-MISSED Jason Matthews

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THE family of a young man who died in a tragic car accident will hold a vigil at the spot where he died two years ago.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the horrific crash which saw friends Jason Matthews and Perry Morgan die instantly when the vehicle Jason was driving hit a tree in West Lane, Hayling Island.

Jason’s family say they will return to the spot and lay flowers before moving on to his grave at St Mary’s Church, Hayling.

His aunt Kim Long, of Colbury Grove, Havant, said: ‘We normally go to the tree at 3.15pm, that’s roughly when the accident happened.

‘After that we go and lay flowers at the church and open a couple of bottles and have a drink to let him know we remember him.

‘It’s been two years now but he is thought about all the time. My mum and dad actually go to his grave every day and light a candle.

‘I do the gardening there to make it look nice for him.

‘We miss him so much – he was such a big part of our lives.

‘Everyone loved him. He was a happy-go-lucky person, full of life.

‘He would do things, then sit back and laugh about them afterwards. Jason was a lovable rogue.’

Jason was a fisherman, as is his father Daryle.

He was on his way home from work when the accident happened.

Last year the family raised £4,000 in his memory with which they bought 10 of the latest life jackets available, for the Hayling RNLI.

Jason had dreams of joining the charity because of his passion for the sea.

Jason’s brother Scott Matthews, the owner of Relentless restaurant in Southsea, is opening a restaurant in his brother’s name.

J’s Italian, in Kings Terrace, Southsea, will open on September 16, the anniversary of Jason being laid to rest.

Scott said: ‘Before Jason died it was just about work. But things like that don’t seem so important to me as they used to.

‘Jason loved Italian food so this restaurant will be for him.

‘We are also holding a fundraising night on November 1 where all the money raised will go to the Hayling RNLI.’

For details of the event go to relentlessrestaurants.co.uk.

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