Billingshurst school pay tribute to crash victims ‘full of promise and potential’

The crash scene
The crash scene

The Weald School in Billingshurst is mourning the loss of two former students after the fatal collision in Slinfold on Friday evening (July 5).

The headteacher said the duo were a valued part of their community and the news is ‘devastating’.

Peter Woodman told the County Times: “It was with great sadness that we heard the news of a very serious car crash on the A264 in Slinfold, Horsham on the night of Friday July 5 that led to the deaths of two young men.

“The names of those who have died have not been released at this stage but we understand that they were ex-students of The Weald School. We also believe that one of those injured in the accident was a previous student at the school.”

He continued: “All fatal road traffic accidents are tragic but even more so when it involves young people who were a valued part of their community; to experience the injury and loss of young men full of so much promise and potential is devastating for a community as small and cohesive as ours.”

Mr Woodman added: “We understand the matter is still in the hands of the police and details have not yet been confirmed therefore further comment is not possible at this time, however our thoughts are very much with their immediate family and loved ones.”

The 18-year-old and 19-year-old died after the silver Peugoet 306 they were travelling in left the road and collided with a tree on Friday evening.