Tributes paid to crash victim Lewis West

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TRIBUTES have been paid today to a "popular boy" who was killed in a tragic car accident.

TRIBUTES have been paid today to a "popular boy" who was killed in a tragic car accident.Lewis West (17), of Hopbine Court, Ramsey, was driving a Vauxhall Corsa along St Mary's Road, in the town, when it careered off the road and smashed into the side of a derelict house before bursting into flames.

The teenager's friends and the headteacher of his former school have spoken of their sadness and sense of loss after the accident, which happened shortly after 10pm last Thursday.

Headteacher at Abbey College Wayne Birks said: "It was with great sadness that we learnt of the tragic death of Lewis, who was a former Abbey College pupil.

"Lewis was a very popular boy, and his death has touched all those he knew in and out of school.

"We have been in close touch with his parents in recent days, and our thoughts and prayers are with them, their family and close friends at this difficult time."

Friends of the teenager have set up tribute pages on social networking sites on the internet.

Jon Lang from Crowland, also paid tribute on The Evening Telegraph website, saying: "Lewis was a lovely polite young man. Very sad about the whole event. Thoughts are with his family and friends. God bless you Lewis."

Dozens of flowers lay at the scene in memory of the teenager, who is believed to have worked as a travel agent and lived with his girlfriend in nearby Bury.

A funeral service is to take place at noon on Friday, at St Thomas a Becket Church, in Ramsey.