Tributes paid to New Year's Day crash victim Augustine Carnell

Augustine Carnell
Image caption Augustine Carnell was a pupil at King's School in Rochester

A teenager who died when he was hit by a car as he walked home in the early hours of New Year's Day was "kind, gentle and happy", his family has said.

Augustine Carnell, 17, from Rochester in Kent, was struck by a white Skoda Rapid on the A229 at Blue Bell Hill at 03:30 GMT on Wednesday.

His family said he would live "forever in our hearts, our prayers and dreams".

They said he had been a keen rugby player, a qualified scuba diver, an air cadet and an explorer scout.

In a tribute released through Kent Police, his family said he "always made people feel welcome and at ease" and was "a natural friend".

They said he died after leaving a New Year's Eve party.

The 17-year-old had attended King's School in Rochester since the age of four, where he was described as a "charismatic" schoolboy.

In a statement, the school said his "vivacious personality, ready smile, positive presence in class and many contributions to school life are just some of his qualities that we will all miss".

"Augustine was a charismatic young man with a charming manner and a great sense of fun."

Kent Police have launched an investigation into the collision. No-one has been arrested.

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