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Updated: Teenager Dies Following Single Vehicle Collision in Effingham

Published on: 14 May, 2022
Updated on: 16 May, 2022

Flowers have been laid at the scene of the collision on the A246 as it enters Effingham.

A 17-year-old boy was declared dead at the scene of a road accident in Effingham late in the evening of Friday (May 13).

His next of kin have been made aware and his family are being supported by specialist officers.

The boy, who has not been officially named, is understood to have been a sixth form student at the nearby Howard of Effingham School. Today pupils, some emotional, were attending in small groups, the scene of the accident where flowers have been laid.

A statement by Rhona Barnfield, CEO of the Howard Partnership Trust, on the school website reads: “It is with immense sadness that we learned of the very serious car accident that occurred last Friday night in the locality of Howard of Effingham School in which one of our students tragically lost their life and others were injured.

Howard of Effingham School

“We have a very close school community so that when such a tragedy happens, the impacts are felt very deeply by all those within and around the school. Our first priority is to support our students and their families together with our colleagues at this critical time.

“To this end, we ask for the utmost sensitivity towards all those in our school community as they attempt to come to terms with the loss they feel without unwarranted intrusion that would inevitably cause additional distress.”

“Our particular prayers and thoughts are with the families and close friends of those involved at this very difficult time.”

Police say the incident was a single-vehicle collision that occurred around 11.30pm on Friday evening, in Effingham on the A246, the main Guildford to Leatherhead road. Three other people were taken to hospital, one with serious injuries.

The road was closed in both directions until around 9am on the 14th.

A police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have dashcam footage to please get in touch quoting P22099631 via:

• Webchat on our website https://www.surrey.police.uk/

• Online https://www.surrey.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/

• Calling us on 101

“If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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