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Tributes pour in for Aidan Williams-Martin after Portland car crash tragedy
HEARTFELT tributes have poured in for a young man who died in a car crash on Portland.
Aidan Williams-Martin, 24, died after his car hit a wall on Southwell Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He has been described by friends and his former school as a ‘kind’ and ‘genuine’ man with a ‘heart of gold’.
Flowers and cards were left at the scene yesterday while many friends and well-wishers took to the Echo website and Facebook to pay their respects to the former Royal Manor pupil.
Tributes were left at the scene of the crash on Southwell Road. One card read: “I cannot put into words how much you will be missed. A great friend and a great loss. Such a great guy.
“Forever in our hearts and thoughts, all our love.”
Staff and pupils at the IPACA Royal Manor campus also paid tribute to Aidan.
Robert Russell, vice principal and head of campus, said: “All the staff at IPACA's Royal Manor Campus who taught Aidan and remember him well, would like to express our sadness at this tragic news. Our thoughts go out to Aidan's family and friends.”
The Mayor of Portland Les Ames also added his condolences.
He said: “I am desperately sorry to hear that such a young man has died.
“My thoughts go to his parents and relatives who will be completely devastated.”
He added: “It is terrible to see anyone killed, especially someone so young.”
Claire Pavey was among those to pay her respects online on Facebook. She said: “So sad and so young.
“Thoughts go out to Aidan’s family and friends. Devastating.”
Megan Capon, Judith Garrett and Danielle Steer also added their condolences.
Magenta Barnes-Wood added: “Rest in Peace Aidan.”
Wellwishers also added their tributes to the story telling of the crash on the Dorset Echo website.
‘Georgie’ said: “Still can’t get our heads round the fact you’re gone, was only with you last night having a laugh.
“You were the kindest man on earth with a heart of gold.
“You will be missed so much by us all. RIP buddy, sleep well.”
Charlotte Gibson posted a touching tribute on the Echo website which read: “Aidan, what can I say? Everyone else will agree, you were one of the kindest and most genuine guys I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
“You were one in a million.
“Everyone is devastated by what has happened. May you rest in peace my friend. Sleep tight.”
The road between Easton and Southwell was closed for several hours as the scene was cleared and investigations carried out on Sunday.
It is the 23rd fatality on Dorset’s roads this year compared with 25 for the whole of 2012.
Police search for witnesses
DORSET Police are urging any witnesses to the crash to contact PC Vivian Bedford, of the Poole Traffic Department, on 101.
A spokeswoman said: “At 2am on Sunday a fatal road traffic collision occurred on Southwell Road, Portland, at the junction with Weston Street.
“A brown Volkswagen Golf being driven by a 24-year-old man from the Portland area collided with a wall.
“The driver suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
“At this time it is not thought any other vehicles were involved.”
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service were also called to attend the incident.
A spokeswoman said: “We received a call at just after 2am reporting an accident on Southwell Road, Portland.
“Two fire engines attended."
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