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2 June 2010, 17:40
The family of a teenager who died after his car collided with a tree in Christchurch say he was a "happy and loving son and brother".
19-year-old Steven Parsons from New Milton was driving on the Christchurch bypass heading towards the Priory Town from the Highcliffe direction, when his car left the road and crashed on Saturday, 22 May 2010.
In a statement his family said: "There are no words to express our loss because Steven was our son and our brother. To be taken from us at the age of just 19 must mean that he is needed to help and do good elsewhere.
"Steven was respectful, happy, positive, loving, caring and sensitive – just a few words to describe Steven who always put others first. Although mature beyond his years, he was still a child at heart.
"We are so proud and honoured to have been part of Steven’s life but know we will always be together. Our thanks and love to all who have expressed their support, love and sympathy."
Steven’s funeral is being held at the Woodlands Burial Ground in Walkford near Christchurch on Friday at 3.15pm.
His family have asked that no flowers are given but if anyone wants to make a donation in Steven’s memory, they can be make it to his favourite charity, the Willow Foundation, care of the Woodlands Burial Ground.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw Steven’s distinctive vehicle – a grey Seat Leon Cupra five-door saloon which had black alloy wheels – collide with the tree or being driven prior to the collision.
The driver of another car – a 19-year old man from Bournemouth – was arrested at the scene of the collision by police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on police bail while the investigation continues.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 222 222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.