Junior golfer William Avery-Wright killed in car crash

William Avery-Wright (Picture from Crowborough Beacon Golf Club)
Image caption William Avery-Wright was an enthusiastic and valued golfer, his club said

A 13-year old boy who died after being hit by a Land Rover in West Sussex has been named as William Avery-Wright.

William, a keen junior golfer from Ellison Close in Crowborough, died in hospital after the accident in Worth on Wednesday afternoon.

Crowborough Beacon Golf Club and Worth School, where he was a pupil, both said they were devastated by his death.

A 62-year-old man from the Haywards Heath area arrested at the scene has been released on bail until 16 January.

'Utterly decent'

The accident happened on the B2110 Paddockhurst Road outside the school, which has held a special service in William's memory.

"William was a wonderful young man, utterly decent, full of energy and fun," said head teacher Gino Carminati in a tribute on the school's website.

"He was a boy totally engaged with life and someone who spread joy and delight to all who knew him.

"William's death has shocked the entire Worth community and we are deeply saddened by this tragic event."

Image caption William died after being hit by a car on the road which runs past Worth School

Captain of the golf club Ed Viney said William was ranked fourth among junior players in Sussex.

"He was an enthusiastic golfer and a valued junior member of this club.

"The members of this club will miss him terribly. He took part in most things and some of the youngsters are just devastated by the news."

Sussex Police said the arrested man was held on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Officers have renewed their appeal for witnesses to the accident to come forward.

They particularly want to speak to a motorcyclist believed to have been travelling behind the Land Rover.

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