A HEARTBROKEN mum has paid tribute to her ‘beautiful son’ who died on the A3.
Kay Thomas and her family have been left devastated after 17-year-old Damian Thomas was killed last month.
So talented and beautiful - taken so early. Son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend to so many.Kay Thomas
The rugby player, who had attended Warblington School in Havant, died after falling from a bridge over the A3.
Damian was hit by a car following the fall.
His close-knit group of family and friends and the wider community have been left in a state of shock.
The teenager lived in Stoneham Close, Petersfield.
He went to school in Havant and had friends in the Portsmouth area.
In a tribute sent to The News, Mrs Thomas said: ‘So talented and beautiful – taken so early. Son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend to so many.’
Julia Vincent, headteacher at Warblington, paid tribute to her former student. She said: ‘Damian was a very confident and sporty lad who was a member of the school rugby and football team.
‘Although Damian was at Warblington for only a short amount of time, he was a popular student among staff and members of his year group.
‘We were sad and shocked to hear the news and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.’
Tributes have been posted on social media sites Twitter and Facebook.
One tweet read: ‘Teenager who fell from bridge on A3 is named. So sad an ex-Warblington pupil. RIP Damian Thomas.’
A Facebook tribute read: ‘You will always be with us in our hearts, you’ll be missed so much.’
Another said: ‘You were one of the funniest people I ever met.’
The tragedy happened just after 9.10pm on Saturday, September 12, on a bridge over the southbound lane of the A3 at Petersfield.
Damian was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 61-year-old male driver of the Kia Cee’d involved in the accident, and his wife, who was a passenger, were both uninjured. They are from Waterlooville.
The road was shut for several hours as police carried out a forensic examination of the scene.
Police are investigating the circumstances of what happened in preparation for an inquest, which will take place at a later date.