Partner of Hayling Island car crash victim pay heartfelt tribute

MUCH-MISSED Jason Matthews with his girlfriend Lauren Morgan
MUCH-MISSED Jason Matthews with his girlfriend Lauren Morgan
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THE heartbroken girlfriend of a man killed in a road tragedy has paid poignant tributes to her sweetheart.

Lauren Morgan said their boyfriend Jason Matthews, 23, was taken from her at a happy time when plans were being made for the future.

RESPECTS Floral tributes in West Lane, Hayling Island where Jason Matthews and Perry Morgan died.   (113149-813)

RESPECTS Floral tributes in West Lane, Hayling Island where Jason Matthews and Perry Morgan died. (113149-813)

It comes as police have formally named Mr Matthews, 23, of Haslemere Gardens, Hayling Island, and Perry Morgan, 21, from Cowplain as the victims of the crash on Hayling Island.

As reported in The News, the pair died after their black Audi A3 travelling south on West Lane, Hayling, came off the road and overturned, colliding with a tree at about 3.20pm last Thursday.

Police have confirmed Jason was driving the car and Perry was his passenger.

The tree is surrounded by dozens of floral tributes, including photographs, letters, wellington boots, lager cans and work uniforms.

A letter pinned to the tree from Jason’s partner Lauren said: ‘I would do anything to see and speak to you.

‘I want a cuddle with your big hands around me and to tell me everything will be okay.

‘You are and always will be my life and my best friend. I wish I could turn back time.’

The tribute added: ‘We had everything planned, saving for a house, having children and getting married. We even had our first dance song planned, Shania Twain, You’re Still The One.’

Loved ones of Jason and Perry have also erected signs in West Lane, including one that reads ‘Hayling will miss you’. A sign asks drivers to show respect and slow down.

Sergeant Julian Williams, who is leading the police investigation and is based at Fratton Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘Our investigation is focused on trying to work what caused their Audi to come off the road and overturn. I’d like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle driving around Hayling prior to it.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.