Nonington:Tribute After Crash Death

The family of a young man who died following a crash in Nonington, near Dover last week have paid tribute to a sweet, loyal and decent man who will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Owain Boughtwood was travelling along Sandwich Road when his car left the road and hit a tree in the early hours of Friday 24 June. Owain was taken to Kings College Hospital, London, but later died of his injuries.

In a statement his family said: 'Owain was 21 years old and a much-loved son and the youngest of six children. He was part of a large, loving family and the fun-loving uncle to nine nephews and nieces. Owain also found love in recent years as a devoted boyfriend to his girlfriend and sweetheart.

'Owain had recently returned home from Santa Clara University, California, where he was two years through his four year undergraduate studies. Prior to going to university, Owain attended Chaucer School before moving on to Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury, to study A-Levels.

'Owain was a skilled footballer with an awesome left foot and change of pace. From a young age he played for Folkestone Invicta and Ashford as well as representing Kent.  He was a talented cricketer and all-round sportsman. He loved music and was an accomplished musician, teaching himself to play guitar and drums.

'All those who had the good fortune to know Owain, recognised how much of a sweet, loyal and decent man he was. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved him.' 

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to the collision. Investigating officer Police Constable Mick Sayer from the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "A dark grey VW Polo was travelling along the Sandwich Road from Nonington towards Chillenden when it left the road and was in collision with a tree.

"We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or from anyone who saw the VW Polo beforehand. They are asked to phone the dedicated SCIU appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting 24-043 or SCIU/DB/MD/123/16. Alternatively email’


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