Flowers placed at scene of crash in Southwick where teenager died

FLOWERS have been laid at the scene of a fatal car crash.

Monday, 25th January 2016, 6:01 am
Updated Monday, 25th January 2016, 10:29 am
Flowers at the scene of the crash

The bunches, including red roses, have been placed by the side of a road where a 19-year-old from Portsmouth died.

He was a passenger travelling towards Southwick in a silver Nissan Almera on Saturday night.

A second passenger, an 18-year-old from Emsworth, is in hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries.

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He is being treated at Southampton General Hospital.

A message attached to one of the floral tributes said: ‘Always in our thoughts. God bless.’

Another said: ‘Always in our thoughts. Taken too young.’

The names of those involved have not yet been released by police.

A police statement said they were in the process of informing next-of-kin.

They added they will not be in a position to confirm the name of the man who has died until all formal identification procedures are completed.

People took to social media to express their sadness at the incident.

Estela Rogers wrote on The News Facebook page: ‘So sorry to hear about it, poor family. God give the strength to cope. Bless you young man RIP xx’ while Lisa-Ann Wall posted: ‘Sad news. Thoughts are with his family and friends. May he R.I.P xx’

Tanya Towle said: ‘Absolutely heartbreaking. What a total waste of a young life. Hope the other pulls through.’

Michelle Crossley added: ‘So sad RIP and hope the other teenager recovers xx’

Police are appealing for information on the crash, which happened at around 11.17pm on the B2177 near the junction of Pitymoor Lane.

Police said the silver Nissan Almera left the road, which was closed while investigations took place.

​Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Eastleigh on 101, quoting Operation Chapman.

Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

A police statement last night said a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, both from Portsmouth, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

They remain in custody and are being questioned by officers.